Haliburton Highlands OPP is investigating after locating a deceased person inside a pickup truck submerged in Kushog Lake.

In a press release, the detachment said police were called to investigate a missing person in Algonquin Highlands Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Police patrolled Highway 35 and the surrounding area to search for the person.

The missing person’s truck was found submerged in the lake the next morning around Ox Narrows by a family member, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

“OPP members from the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) attended and confirmed the deceased person inside the vehicle and assisted with the removal,” the release said.

The investigation is ongoing. The section of Highway 35 around the scene was closed as of Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. while OPP members trained in collision reconstruction were on scene. The scene was cleared and the highway open again by approximately 5:30 p.m.


The deceased was transported to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Unit in Toronto, pending a post-mortem examination, the press release said.

The deceased person’s name is withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Highlander will provide more information as it is made available.

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