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RCMP investigating how missing boy got into Bear Creek Pool

RCMP say it’s possible the four year old boy found dead in the Bear Creek Pool last night may have crawled into the closed facility through a hole in the fence. Mayor Bill Given says that although the Muskoseepi Park pool hasn’t been operational since 2013, there were security measures in place.

“The facility is fenced off and has been since it was closed. The City does have video recording devices on site – both at the pavilion and in the interior and exterior – and facilities maintenance does regularly inspect the facility and drain the pool of any accumulated water.”

Despite that, some rain water had gathered in the deep end of the pool, which is where the toddler’s body was found around 9:30 p.m. Constable Melanie McIntosh warns against making any early assumptions.

“There’s a lot of speculation surrounding the incident and it’s important to allow us to do our investigation; how the boy got into the pool is very much under investigation.”

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This is the first reported security breach at the outdoor pool. Given says its future was already supposed to be discussed this week.

“I know that the community is certainly looking forward to having the facility reopened. We want to ensure that in spite of this tragedy, that facility does reopen to the public so that it can be an asset once again to our community.”

The boy went missing around 7 p.m. and officers, police dogs, the fire department and local search and rescue were all searching the park. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether the boy’s death was due to drowning or a head injury when he got into the pool. Foul play is not suspected.

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