RCMP investigating as body washes ashore near Hillsborough Bridge

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Published on July 8, 2014

An RCMP officer takes notes as forensic officers look on at the scene where a body has washed up on the rocks near the Hillsborough Bridge.

©Guardian photo by Jim Day

Details are scarce in the early stages of an investigation into a body that washed up on the rocks this morning near the Hillsborough Bridge.

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler says police are not yet releasing any details on the body at the moment.

Police are expected to provide an update later in the day.

Butler says a person walking across the bridge spotted a body washed up on the rocks at the base of the Stratford approach ramp to the bridge.

Queens County RCMP responded to a 911 call placed at about 11 a.m.

The RCMP has a forensic identification team, major crime unit and the canine team all on the scene.

“We will try to take any evidence that may be around,’’ says Butler.

“It does take a little bit of time to do the investigation. The coroner will probably attend here. Then after that investigation is done they will remove the remains.’’

Traffic heading towards Stratford was moving slowly for a time as many motorists turned their attention to a row of RCMP vehicles pulled over to the shoulder.

Two vehicles were even involved in a minor collision as they past the police vehicles, coming close to clipping two officers and two reporters.