Body identified as Petawawa girl


An update this morning to the report from the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP regarding the body recovered from the Petawawa River Friday.

In a statement released Saturday morning, police said that in the early afternoon of May 24, 2019 (Friday) members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call that human remains were located in the Petawawa River by a member of the public.

“The remains were located in the Petawawa River in the area of West Street in the Town of Petawawa. The Petawawa Fire Department assisted police in the recovery effort.

“The office of the Chief Coroner, OPP’s Forensic Identification Services and the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Crime Unit are continuing the investigation.”

In the release of Saturday’s statement, police said the remains were the body of a “deceased female.”

Monday morning, the UOV OPP released an update stating that, following a post mortem examination, the deceased has been identified as 17-year-old Sarah Donovan of Petawawa.

“Donovan had been missing since May 5, 2019 after police responded to a report of a teenage female entering the Petawawa River from the rail bridge in Petawawa.

“Foul play is not suspected in this incident. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Crime Unit led the investigation with assistance from the office of the Chief Coroner and OPP’s Forensic Identification Services.”

Meanwhile, Killaloe OPP have reported that  on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at approximately 1 pm, officers responded to a single vehicle collision involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on Ruby Mine Road, near Highway 28, in the Township of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan.

“The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed the driver lost control, and struck a tree. The deceased has been identified as 57 year old Richard WALKER of Palmer Rapids.

“OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) are attending the scene to continue to investigate the cause of the collision. A post mortem has been scheduled.”