Body identified as missing Pembroke girl

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Police say they have now identified a body found in Pembroke Sunday as that of a missing 17-year-old girl.

The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) issued a statement Monday night confirming that a body located in an area near River Road in Pembroke shortly after 1 pm on June 28, 2020, is that of Myrah Rogers-Goersh.

opp-ROGERSShe had been reported missing on June 20, 2020. Search parties were organized to look for Myrah on Sunday.

Police say the cause of death and circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation by the UOV OPP with the assistance of the Regional Coroner’s Officer, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

Foul play is not suspected at this time.

It’s the second time police have recovered the body of a missing 17-year-old this month.

On June 17, human remains were located in the Ottawa River near Pembroke. The remains have since been identified as that of Tyson Yakabuskie (Lemaire), who was reported missing on November 11, 2019.

Police said that “while this is the second young person found deceased in the community in less than two weeks, the OPP would like to assure the public that these incidents pose no broader public safety risk.”

“The investigation has found no direct connection between the two cases at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).