OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit back in Chesterville

OPP divers search near the Chesterville Dam, Saturday morning, Nov. 25. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Gravenhurst-based unit searches water at Chesterville Dam

CHESTERVILLE — Wearing dry suits to keep out the chill of the South Nation River, divers with the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit have embarked on the Chesterville-area’s second evidentiary search in two weeks.

A team leader with the unit confirmed that the Gravenhurst-based squad is searching for evidence this morning in the river at the Chesterville Dam. “It’s along those lines,” he said. The officer could offer no further details.

Eighty percent of the unit’s work involves searching for bodies, he explained, but this isn’t one of those situations.

The Unit comprises two teams of five divers — each team with their own supporting vehicles — covering the entire province, he said.

Members were last seen two weeks ago, searching the swampy wooded area east of the old school house at the intersection of county roads 3 and 7, north of Chesterville.  That search found no evidence, police later confirmed.

The Unit also searched the river near the Main Street bridge some time ago, the officer on scene today confirmed.

The Chesterville area’s most recent unsolved homicide is that of Raymond Arnold Collison, 58, who went missing in the summer of 2009. Nearly five years later, Collison’s skeletal remains were discovered in a Thompson Rd. ditch, in April 2014. It’s not known if police have ever located or possess the white CCM bicycle that Collison was last seen riding, or if that might be an object of their ongoing searches.

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