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Update: Soldier's Death Not Suspicious

Owen Sound | by Matt Villeneuve  

OSPD say missing soldier Andrew Fitzgerald death is not suspicious.

Chief of the Owen Sound Police Service, Bill Sornberger, speaks about the death of Private Andrew Fitzgerald on Friday. Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Lillington of the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford sits behind the table (Photo by Matthew Villeneuve). 

Police in Owen Sound and members of the Canadian Armed Forces say Andrew Fitzgerald's death is not considered suspicious.

Chief of the OSPD, Bill Sornberger, says the body recovered near the waste-water treatment facility in the City at 3:45 PM on Thursday is that of the missing 19-year-old soldier from Nova Scotia.

He tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Saturday at the London Health Sciences Centre.

The Privacy Act, however, prevents both police and the military from commenting on Fitzgerald's mental and physical health at the time of his death.

Sornberger says the six-day search for Fitzgerald was unprecedented in Owen Sound, and officers had remained hopeful that he would be found alive.

Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Lillington is the commanding officer at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford -- and he says Fitzgerald was never deployed.

The young soldier had only graduated from an infantry course this past Friday.

Lillington says the Armed Forces is offering its condolences to Fitzgerald's family and friends and counselling will be available to his regimental peers.

OPP Sergeant Peter Fischer is with the West Region Emergency Response Team -- and he says the body was located at the shoreline but was submerged.

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