Teams conducting a grim search of a flooded Nova Scotia field located the body of a missing man Monday, and the RCMP confirmed the recovery of what they believe are remains of a second person swept away when torrential rain hit the province on the weekend.
Police said they recovered the body of a 52-year-old man from Windsor, N.S., in the main search area northwest of Halifax, while the second person’s remains were found “by civilians” on shore in a tidal area in the neighbouring county.
Four people, including two children, were reported missing on Saturday when the two vehicles they were travelling in were submerged in the regional municipality of West Hants. Police said the children were with three other people who managed to escape. A man and a youth travelling in a second vehicle in the area were also reported missing.
Sgt. Rob Frizzell said police are working with the medical examiner to identify the remains, but investigators have reason to believe they belong to one of the other three people missing. There have been no other reports of missing people from the flooding, he said.
“The second remains … were near a tidal system or near water, so we have reason to believe they most likely moved along those waterways,” said Frizzell, who couldn’t provide an estimate of the distance.
He also confirmed the search of the submerged field had turned up a second missing vehicle. An RCMP dive team recovered an unoccupied pickup truck Saturday in more than two metres of water and said it was believed to be the vehicle the children were travelling in. Frizzell said the second vehicle, also empty, was not far from the truck.