Body thought to belong to Jeff Boucher found

Whitby teacher missing since January 13

Durham Regional Police believe "with a high degree of certainty" that the body of Jeff Boucher has been found on the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby.

Boucher, a high school teacher, husband and dad to two daughters has been missing since January 13th when he went out for a morning run but didn't come home.

A post-mortem is still needed to confirm the man's identity and his cause of death. Police don't suspect foul play and there are no obvious signs of trauma to the body.

Detective Jeff Kennedy says a man walking his dog along a road close to the shoreline made the discovery Saturday afternoon.

"His dog was in the water and he had looked towards where his dog was and discovered the body there", said Kennedy.

The body, partially encased in ice, was just outside the waters of Lake Ontario near Thickson Rd and Crystal Beach Blvd. It turned up about 200 yards to the west of where police had searched for Boucher. It isn't clear if the body had been in the same spot all along or was moved by currents.

Kennedy describes the area where the body was found as treacherous, exposed to high winds, with ice on a nearby pier and shorelin--an area not well-travelled in the winter months.

He says melting ice from warmer temperatures helped expose the body.

Kennedy stressed that there's no need for local joggers or neighbours to be concerned for their safety, as police haven't flagged anything suspicious about the man's death.

He says Boucher's family is in the early stages of grief and the discovery "could be a step in the right direction towards closure."

Boucher was a longtime geography teacher at Bowmanville High School where he also ran the ski club.

About three hours before the body was found, a right sneaker thought to belong to the avid runner was discovered. It matched a left shoe that had turned up in about the same spot on March 11th.

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  1. Mike posted on 03/29/2014 04:56 PM
    Oh no that doesn't sound good. I sure hope he didn't succumb to foul play.
  2. arjonny posted on 03/29/2014 08:36 PM
    I am no expert on suicide but shoe removal is a telltale sign
    Deep condolences to the family. I have no judgement to pass on this. It just sucks.
    1. steve posted on 03/29/2014 10:46 PM
      @arjonny Why is shoe removal a telltale sign?
    2. arjonny posted on 03/29/2014 11:01 PM
      @steve Sigh...because...ppl who are suicidal and feel as though they have nothing to live for, will simply refuse to 'mess up' their shoes when they're busy 'offing' themselves. To kill oneself is one thing, but to get their shoes dirty...well...that is just a bridge too far!

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