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News Release

Update: Police Dive Team Locates Man who Went Missing in Ottawa River; SIU Releases Identity

Case Number: 20-PCD-208

Mississauga, ON (27 August, 2020) ---
On August 22, 2020, a 71-year-old man jumped into the Ottawa River in Clarence-Rockland following the arrival of police officers in the area. Efforts were made to locate the man, but this was to no avail.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on August 25, 2020, members of the Ontario Provincial Police dive team recovered the man’s body approximately 120 metres east of where he had jumped in.

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify the man as Jean-Guy Meloche.

The SIU’s investigation continues. The post-mortem was conducted yesterday in Ottawa.


The SIU is an independent civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342