Missing 27-year-old snowmobiler found dead near Lamèque

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A 27-man from Ste-Marie-St-Raphaël, N.B., was found dead on Sunday. (CBC - image credit)
A 27-man from Ste-Marie-St-Raphaël, N.B., was found dead on Sunday. (CBC - image credit)

A 29-year-old man from Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, N.B., has been found dead near Lamèque.

RCMP searched for for Justin Savoie after he was reported missing on Thursday.

Savoie was last seen Monday at a business on Rue de L'Église in the village where he lives on New Brunswick's Acadian Peninsula. Police believe he was heading toward Lamèque or Tracadie on a snowmobile.

A snowmobile matching the description of the one driven by Savoie was located underwater by police near the bridge on Route 113 between Haut-Lamèque and Lamèque. The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team conducted searches in the area on Friday.

Police worked with the Canada Border Services Agency on Saturday to locate and remove the body from the ice. It was identified as the missing man, RCMP say.

Several organizations assisted in the operation, including the Lamèque and Shippagan fire departments, Ambulance New Brunswick, the Department of Justice and Public Safety and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization.

RCMP continue to investigate.