Police confirm body is missing Ontario teacher

Whitby man Jeffrey Boucher, 52. (Durham Regional Police handout)

Whitby man Jeffrey Boucher, 52. (Durham Regional Police handout)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

TORONTO -- A body found along Lake Ontario's shoreline over the weekend has been positively identified as missing jogger Jeffrey Boucher.

Durham Regional Police confirmed Tuesday that the body discovered along the lakefront in Whitby, Ont., on Saturday is that of the 52-year-old father of two.

"(Monday) night, the coroner's office was able to positively identify the body as that of Jeffrey Boucher," a police statement said.

The Bowmanville, Ont., high school teacher and running enthusiast had been missing since Jan. 13, when he left his home for a regular 6 a.m. jog. The last time his family saw him was the night before.

Police officers and volunteers took part in a massive search-and-rescue effort for days before one of his running shoes was finally discovered along the shoreline by a passerby on March 11.

A second running shoe was found by the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Rescue Team on Saturday, close to where the first one was located.

Hours later, a man walking his dog came upon his body.

"Further lab tests are scheduled in hopes of determining the actual cause of death, however, those results may take several weeks to occur," a police statement said.

Investigators have already said that foul play is not suspected and there were no signs of trauma to the body.


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