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Update: Community grieving loss of senior resident


Kelly Rubia says St. Judes is a community grieving along with the family of a 79-year-man, whose body was located on Friday afternoon.

RCMP divers, with the assistance of the Deer Lake Search and Rescue team, located the missing snowmobiler at about 3 p.m. on Friday. He went through the ice on Deer Lake on Wednesday. Thursday, searchers found a hole in the ice where it was believed the missing man’s snowmobile had gone through.

Rubia, who is the chair of the Local Service District of St. Judes, said while she didn’t know the man personally, she did go to school with his daughter. In a community of about 230 people, she saud, unless someone new moves in, everyone knows everyone.

She said it was her understanding that every year this man would go out smelting on the Deer Lake ice. She said he had a good knowledge of fishing and put a shelter on the ice each year.

“This is a very unfortunate event,” Rubia said.

Cpl. Dean Hyde of the Deer Lake RCMP said the place where the man went through the ice wasn’t an area near where any rivers or streams enter the lake. He said there is a strong current in the area and the water was more than 100 feet deep.

Deer Lake RCMP said in a prepared release that an autopsy will not be performed and the man’s name isn’t being released at this time.

“This is a sad situation because it affects so many people as he had a lot of family in our community,” Rubia said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

RCMP divers, with the assistance of the Deer Lake Search and Rescue team, located the missing snowmobiler at about 3 p.m. on Friday. He went through the ice on Deer Lake on Wednesday. Thursday, searchers found a hole in the ice where it was believed the missing man’s snowmobile had gone through.

Rubia, who is the chair of the Local Service District of St. Judes, said while she didn’t know the man personally, she did go to school with his daughter. In a community of about 230 people, she saud, unless someone new moves in, everyone knows everyone.

She said it was her understanding that every year this man would go out smelting on the Deer Lake ice. She said he had a good knowledge of fishing and put a shelter on the ice each year.

“This is a very unfortunate event,” Rubia said.

Cpl. Dean Hyde of the Deer Lake RCMP said the place where the man went through the ice wasn’t an area near where any rivers or streams enter the lake. He said there is a strong current in the area and the water was more than 100 feet deep.

Deer Lake RCMP said in a prepared release that an autopsy will not be performed and the man’s name isn’t being released at this time.

“This is a sad situation because it affects so many people as he had a lot of family in our community,” Rubia said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

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