Elderly Gatineau couple died of exposure
No foul play involved, police say after post-mortem examination
A post-mortem examination has shown that an elderly Gatineau, Que., couple found dead in dense bush near Calabogie, Ont., on the weekend died from exposure, police said Tuesday.
"Results indicate that no foul play was involved," the provincial police said in a news release.
Jim Dunne, 86, and Lilian Blondin, 90, had been reported missing since last Wednesday. They were last seen at Ottawa's Westgate Mall on Carling Avenue in the afternoon.
On Saturday, the couple's grey Mazda3 was discovered in brush near Black Donald Lake, close to the town of Calabogie, about 130 kilometres west of Ottawa.
An ATV rider found Blondin's body near the car. On Sunday, police found Dunne's body a couple of kilometres away.
Even before the post-mortem exam, police were not treating the death as suspicious. Staff Sgt. Derek Needham of the Lanark County OPP said Monday the couple might have simply become lost.
"That is one scenario that's being supported right now — and likely the accurate scenario," said Needham.
Bud Robillard, who has a hunting camp in the area, said Monday he saw the car and thought it was unusual.
"I don't know why they'd be in there with a car, to be truthful," said Robillard. "The road is terrible … I wouldn't go in with my truck. It's just too bad for that, really."
Family and friends of the couple were mourning their loss on online social networking site Facebook and asked to be left alone on Sunday to "grieve in private."
With files from the CBC's Alistair Steele