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RCMP Superintendent Sean Auld provides an update on the search for the missing youth.

Body of missing youth found after flooding and storm surge in West Hants

By Evan Taylor Aug 2, 2023 | 11:28 AM

The body of a missing youth, killed in the downpours and storm surge last month has been found.

Search and rescue crews discovered the body along the shore of Advocate Harbour around 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

RCMP Superintendent Sean Auld says they are currently working with the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service to positively identify the remains.

The youth had been unaccounted for since July 22, when heavy floods in the Brooklyn area led to the disappearance of a man, two children, and the youth.

During the search operation that followed, the remains of a 52-year-old man and one child were discovered on July 24, followed by the remains of the second child on July 25.

The search for the missing youth was temporarily suspended on July 31 to allow the water in the area to drain.

Up until that point, search crews had covered an extensive area, including 495 acres of ground, 104 square kilometers of watershed and tidal waters, and 417 square kilometers of shoreline by air.

The search efforts have been led by the Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association, with the assistance of personnel from various regions including West Hants, Valley, Halifax, Colchester, East Hants, Eastern Shore, Sheet Harbour, Clare, Digby, Strait Area, Pictou, Musquodoboit, and Annapolis County.

The Brooklyn Fire Department and several other fire departments have also provided support for the on-water search operations.

Superintendent Auld expressed his heartfelt sympathy for the affected families, emphasizing that no family should have to experience such a tragic loss.

He also commended the determination and dedication of all the search team members who worked tirelessly under challenging conditions to bring closure to the families involved.

As investigations continue, authorities are urging the public to respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time.


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