Search underway after report of female entering Petawawa River

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019

The search continues for a person who is believed to have entered the Petawawa River from the rail bridge on May 5, just after 4 p.m. Currently, police believe that the person is a 17-year-old female from the Petawawa area that has been reported as missing by family.

“We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding how the person entered the water,” said Provincial Constable Shawn Peever with the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment.

As of press time Tuesday, May 7, the root cause of the incident is still under investigating and speculation is unhelpful in determining the reason the unnamed person entered the water, noted Peever.

“We are less than 24 hours into this, so we have to let the process take place before we make conclusions,” said Peever.

Members of the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) and a helicopter from the OPP’s Aviation Service Unit are taking part in the search, looking for any sign of the person.

Police continue to warn people away from the flood waters.

“The waters are at an all-time high, so they are extremely high and fast and dangerous,” said Peever. “We have seen the banks erode at the Petawawa Bridge and it is extremely dangerous to be anywhere near the water with those unstable shorelines. We are asking people to stay away from dangerous situations and spots.”