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Search crews recover third body from St. Mary River

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Search and Rescue Crews have now recovered the body of the missing 17 year old girl in the St. Mary River south of Lethbridge.

The search, which resumed Thursday morning (June 18) with Raymond/Magrath RCMP, RCMP Air Services, Lethbridge SAR and Fire Services, Vulcan Fire and Rescue, and Magrath Fire is now over.

The name of the deceased will not be released.

Last weekend, a group of roughly ten people from a local Hutterite Colony went canoeing and swimming on the river. Three girls had issues getting out of the water.

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One girl drown at the scene while two other girls were swept away in the current. One was found dead the following morning.

The search for the third girl had been ongoing till Thursday afternoon.

RCMP Sergeant Kevin Wright says their thoughts are with the family, friends and community members during this difficult time.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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