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Boy's body found in Welland Recreational Waterway

Niagara police say they are looking to speak with anyone who may have information after a boy's body was found in the Welland Recreational Waterway Wednesday.

Police say they began an investigation Wednesday after the boy had been reported missing by his family

Police say they began an investigation Wednesday after the boy had been reported missing by his family after not returning home Tuesday evening. (Francis Vachon/Canadian Press)

Niagara police are asking for the public's help after the body of a boy was found in the Welland Recreational Waterway Wednesday. 

Police say they began an investigation Wednesday after a boy had been reported missing by his family after not returning home Tuesday evening. 

Police began searching in the area of the Lincoln Street Bridge — one of the last locations where the boy was seen, say police. 

They say the Service Underwater Search and Rescue Unit was called in to assist with the investigation.  

Police say the body was located in the Recreational Waterway near the Lincoln Street Bridge at around 6:20 p.m.

The coroner was notified of the recovery and the body was removed from the water. 

An autopsy has been scheduled to assist in determining the cause of death. 

Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have been in the area of the Lincoln Street Bridge on Tuesday between between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

The boy's family has been notified of the recovery. At their request, his identity isn't being released at this time. 

Members of the 3 District Detective Office continue to investigate this matter. Anyone with information is asked to please call (905) 688 - 4111 ext. 4330.