Francois Lake body found possibly is drowned victim from 29 years ago

Officials believe they now have the identity of a man whose body was found deep in the waters of Francois Lake June 27.

  • Jul. 3, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Officials believe they now have the identity of a man whose body was found deep in the waters of Francois Lake June 27.

Although dental work is now being checked, officials believe the man is John Mowat who went missing while working on an outboard motor on his boat July 13, 1984.

At first, the man was thought to be Syd Neville who went missing after his boat capsized in rough water June 7 and is presumed to have drowned.

A police report from the time of Mowat’s disappearance indicates a boat was found in the middle of Francois Lake, two miles west of Sandy’s Resort.

The boat was determined to be Mowat’s and witnesses at the time reported Mowat was observed traveling across the lake at a high rate of speed. The motor was heard to be revved and then stall.

The boat was towed to shore containing items including a life jacket. A search was undertaken of the area and included the water and land. Mowat was never located and was categorized as missing and presumed drown.

An Idaho search team using specialized equipment arrived June 24 to look for Neville and subsequently discovered a body June 27 in approximately 175 metres of water. The body was recovered June 30.

The Idaho team is continuing the search for Neville. Joining the search this week is a specialist with a water dog from Alberta. It’s trained to detect the scent of a drowned person.

 

Burns Lake Lakes District News