Volume 93, Issue 101

Friday, April 7, 2000


Body discovered near J.W. Little

Info London finds new home

Graffiti mars campus

Council takes a stand on O-week

Striking profs reach tentative agreement at Moncton

The coolest way to kill insects

A lesson and a tale told

The heart rules the head

Things I know I should have said more often

A new beginning

A special "Caught on Campus"

Bass Ackwards

Body discovered near J.W. Little

By John Intini and Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Police and firefighters pulled a body from the cold waters of the Thames River, adjacent to the J.W. Little Memorial Stadium practice fields early yesterday morning.

Const. Tracey Frizzell of the London Police said a male body was discovered in the water at 9:30 a.m.. "A woman walking her dog on the East bank notified police after she saw what she thought was a body," Frizzell said.

Although police have ruled out foul play, the identity and age of the person has yet to be determined, Frizzell said.

Paul Deactis, a Grade 12 student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, stopped at the scene after seeing the commotion on the practice fields.

"I saw the firetrucks and knew since they were still there they couldn't be that far into the investigation," he said, adding he began to ask questions after seeing police cordon off the area.

Deactis said when he arrived at the scene at approximately 11:15 a.m., he thought the body was still in the water. "The firefighters were still down at the water," he said, "I figured there was no need to do CPR, so the body must still have been in the water."

Stephen Wetmore, the coroner who is scheduled to perform the autopsy on the body, said the procedure will occur sometime today. The body was transported to the South Street campus of the London Health Sciences Centre.

"I'm absolutely shocked," said Sandy Hurst, a resident in the area bordering the East side of the Thames River. "I've lived here for 27 years and I've never heard anything like this happen."

Hurst, who is also a faculty member at the Richard Ivey School of Business, said she did not notice any disturbances in or around the area where police found the body. She added she was at home all morning.

Joel Tayler, a Western student who officially went missing March 13, has yet to be found, confirmed his father, Jim.

Jim said he was aware the body had been discovered, but had not been notified by police. He also said he could not speculate as to whether the discovered body was his son. "We haven't heard anything at all," he said, adding he did not have plans to travel to London from his home in Sarnia.

The university was also waiting for more information from the police, said David Estok, Western's director of communication and public affairs, who spoke on behalf of VP-administration Peter Mercer. "All we know right now is that foul play has been ruled out," he said.

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