Fri, September 1, 2006
It has been a turbulent week for Edmonton boater Alan Flynn.
The man who found the body of math whiz Robert Barrington Leigh
in the river last week – and then publicly wondered whether he was
eligible for the $5,000 reward posted by the family – has lost his city
contract, at least temporarily.
Flynn, a 54-year-old contractor hired by the city to inspect
drainage pipes along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, said
the city told him this week that “operations have been suspended” and
his services weren’t needed.
City spokesman Robert Moyles confirmed that this past week’s
drainage-pipe inspections were cancelled out of sensitivity to the
Barrington Leigh family.
“If the concern around the reward is still unresolved by (Sept.
11, when the next round of inspections is slated) we’ll expect to make
other arrangements so that that inspection will go ahead,” Moyles said,
adding Flynn isn’t out of a job. “It’s only temporary.”
Flynn told the Sun on Monday that he had hoped he was entitled to the reward, which he planned to donate to the cancer society.
After the story was published in Tuesday’s Sun, Flynn said he
was inundated with about a dozen angry callers who accused him of being
“cold-hearted” and “a thief.”
“It’s been a nightmare,” said Flynn, who believes the
Barrington Leigh family should honour the $5,000 reward they posted for
information leading to the missing 20-year-old University of Toronto
scholar during an extensive nine-day search.
It’s believed Barrington Leigh committed suicide.
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