Body of missing French tourist found on bank of St. Lawrence River near Quebec City

Police have identified a body found Friday on the bank of the St. Lawrence River south of Île d'Orléans as that of Marcel Bidault, a 77-year-old French tourist last seen on Sept. 29.

Marcel Bidault, 77, failed to show up for return flight to France on Oct. 2

Quebec provincial police are investigating the cause of death of Marcel Bidault, a 77-year-old French tourist whose body was found on the bank of the St. Lawrence River south of Île d'Orléans on Oct. 13. (Jean-François Nadeaut/Radio-Canada)

Quebec provincial police have identified a body found Friday on the bank of the St. Lawrence River northeast of Quebec City as that of Marcel Bidault, a 77-year-old French tourist last seen two weeks earlier.

The Sûreté du Québec is still investigating the circumstances and cause of Bidault's death.

Police say the man was last seen on Sept. 29 at around 10 p.m. in Quebec City's Upper Town. He had booked a return ticket to France for Oct. 2 but failed to show up for his flight.

Bidault had been staying at the Château Saint-Louis, and hotel staff contacted police after the man failed to check out of his room and his personal effects were found inside.

Marcel Bidault was last seen in Quebec City's Upper Town on Sept. 29. (SPVQ)

Quebec City police said at the time Bidault was reported missing and that he'd been in Quebec City for about a month. They said he had a woman friend living on René-Lévesque Boulevard who was the last person to have seen him. 

His body was found in the Beaumont area, due south of Île d'Orléans, about 30 kilometres downstream from Quebec City.

With files from Radio-Canada's Alain Rochefort