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Missing woman, 22, found dead in frozen Burlington creek

Halton police say the body of a missing woman, 22, was found encased in ice in a Burlington creek on Tuesday.

Halton police say woman's death does not appear to be suspicious in nature

Halton police use ropes to recover the body of a woman, 22, missing since Sunday in Burlington. Her death is not considered suspicious, police said on Tuesday. (Andrew Collins/CBC)

Halton police say the body of a missing woman, 22, was found encased in ice in a Burlington creek on Tuesday.

Police said the woman's body was found "submerged under the ice" in Upper Hager Creek near Brant and Fairview streets. Officers taped off an area near Grahams Lane and Legion Road as they investigated. 

The woman had been reported missing on Sunday.

"At this time, the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature," police said in a news release on Tuesday night.

Police said the coroner is now investigating.

Earlier, police said there was "no ongoing, related public safety threat." They said there would be a heavy police presence in the area on Tuesday evening.

Police had also said they were investigating a report of a missing person.

The ice and cold hampered the recovery effort, police said. Burlington firefighters helped police, who described the recovery effort as "complicated" and said it involved the use of ropes.

Halton police forensic identification services and detectives are involved in the investigation.

Anyone who saw anyone walking in the area, or heard anything in the last 24 hours, or who has dashboard camera video or surveillance footage of the area, is urged to call Halton police.

Halton police vehicles parked near Grahams Lane and Legion Road in Burlington as police investigate the death. (Andrew Collins/CBC)