Dr. Donald Stephens, a 65-year-old from Stratford, P.E.I., was found dead on Friday afternoon after an extensive two day search.

Stephens' body was found by volunteers with the P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue in the Bonshaw Hills search area around 1 p.m. Friday, said Sgt. Leanne Butler with the RCMP.

He was found in the woods, one kilometre from where his truck was found on Bolger Park Road, police said.

The cause and time of Stephens' death are unknown and will be determined by an autopsy.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Stephens was reported missing late Wednesday night after failing to return home from a run.

Riverdale search

Volunteers with the P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue found Stephens' remains in the Bonshaw Hills. (Donna Allen/CBC)

Stephens was a marathon runner, and family and friends told police he had many running routes from Bolger Park Road in the Bonshaw/Riverdale area where his vehicle was found. 

Search crews didn't know exactly what time Wednesday he set out, so had to cover an extensive area with hilly terrain and steep river banks. The search area included Bonshaw Provincial Park, Strathgartney Park up to the Brookvale Ski Area and the Appin Road.

The search involved 30 or more volunteer Ground Search and Rescue members, RCMP, helicopters, police dogs and the North River Fire Department.

RCMP said Stephens' family wishes to thank all the search and rescue volunteers and concerned citizens that helped in the search.


Police dog Dutch helped with the search efforts to find Stephens. (Steve Bruce/CBC)