Police believe a body discovered on the shoreline of Lake Ontario today is that of Jeffrey Boucher, the Whitby, Ont., teacher who went missing in January.
A passerby discovered a body while walking near Thickson Road South and Crystal Beach Boulevard at around 2:20 p.m. Saturday.
Police said they believe the body is that of 52-year-old Boucher, who went missing on Jan. 13, after going for his regular morning run.
A post mortem is scheduled to confirm his identity and cause of death, Durham Regional Police Det. Jeff Kennedy told reporters Saturday evening.
"We're awaiting the result from the coroner's investigation, but I feel fairly comfortable in saying this possibly may come to an end now from this discovery," he said.
"We investigated many different scenarios, we don't suspect any foul play at this point. There is no reason for anybody to be concerned about anything suspicious here."
On March 14 a woman walking near Heydenshore Pavilion, along the shore of Lake Ontario, found a shoe and contacted police.
Durham Regional Police believed the shoe could have belonged to Boucher.
'There is no reason for anybody to be concerned about anything suspicious here.' - Durham Regional Police Det. Jeff Kennedy
A second shoe, also believed to belong to Boucher, was found at around 11 a.m. Saturday on the shoreline near the Heydenshore Pavilion.
Durham Regional Police had previously used a robotic underwater camera on loan from the Toronto police to search the water along the Whitby waterfront but found no sign of Boucher.
In the days after Boucher's disappearance, police conducted an exhaustive search of the trails and wooded areas near his home, but air and ground searches also turned up nothing.
On Jan. 20, police said they were "truly stumped" about what had happened to him.