The body of an Oshawa man who vanished from his home in January has been found but the cause of his death remains unclear.
Cameron Bailie’s body was found Saturday in Lake Ontario near Lakeview Park in Oshawa. Though foul play is not suspected, police said his death has not yet been ruled a suicide. Toxicology screens have been ordered.
“In terms of the exact cause of death we are still working with the coroner and the medical experts to determine what that was,” said Dave Selby, a spokesperson with Durham Region police.
Bailie’s sister Amanda Gerrard said there is no family medical history to suggest any natural causes for his death. So while Bailie has been found, information about how he died means “it’s a waiting game again,” she said.
Much of the search efforts into Bailie’s whereabouts focused around the park and Lake Ontario along the Oshawa shoreline, about 3.8 km from his home.
“Our suspicions were that he was in the water,” said Glen Turpin, co-ordinator for the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT). The team performed two water searches by boat, travelling from Darlington to Whitby, using “very limited technology,” including sonar.
Bailie’s body was found in an area of the lake that had already been heavily searched but the “incredible amount of dynamics involved,” from drastic changes in temperature over the last two seasons to strong currents, would impact those efforts, Turpin said.
Bailie’s shoes were previously found within the park that borders the area where the body was found. They were found in separate locations, which the family found unusual.
Relatives of an Oshawa man are concerned for his well-being after his unexplained disappearance Tuesday.
Cameron Bailie, 27, appears to have left his Oxford Street home suddenly about midday Jan. 10 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. He’s without his phone and bank card and doesn’t even seem to have taken a winter jacket with him, his sister, Nicole Gerrard, said Friday.
“The whole situation is weird,” said Gerrard.
Bailie has a young son and four siblings. It’s extremely unusual for him to go missing without a word, Gerrard said.
“He would have contacted one of us,” said Gerrard, who shares the Oxford Street townhouse with Bailie. “I’m close with my brother,” she said.
Gerrard said she saw her brother in the late morning on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and that her boyfriend dropped him off at the Oxford Street house between 11 and 11:30 a.m. that day. Gerrard returned home from work just before 5 p.m. to find the house empty but windows and a door open. Bailie’s workout gear was in the living room and his laptop was open and playing music, as if he’d just begun his routine, she said.
Bailie’s phone and bank card were found at the house. “He doesn’t even have a winter coat on,” Gerrard said.
Bailie also missed a planned visit with his young son Wednesday evening, another highly unusual development, she said.
Family members reported Bailie’s disappearance to Durham police on the night of Jan. 11 and an officer came to the house, but since then the family has heard nothing from police, Gerrard said.
Sgt. Bill Calder said a file on the incident has been opened. He said police planned to issue a media release seeking information on Bailie’s whereabouts Friday.
He said all missing persons reports are referred to a detective.
“Every one of them is reviewed,” Calder said.
Anyone with information on Bailie’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 905-579-1520. Nicole Gerrard can be reached at 289-939-5266.