Friday, 25 August, 2006
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EDMONTON -- The search for an honours math student missing for more than a week ended yesterday with the discovery of a body in the North Saskatchewan River in downtown Edmonton.
Police said the body was found with identification belonging to Robert Barrington Leigh, 20, who studied at the University of Toronto but was visiting family when he disappeared Aug. 13.
"The news is bad. They found Robert's body in the river," his father, John Barrington Leigh, told the Edmonton Sun. "Some people were prepared for the worst and this is the worst."
No foul play is suspected, police spokesperson Lisa Lammi said.
The body was discovered by men working in a jet boat for the Edmonton water and sanitation department, she said.
More than 100 volunteers searched for the math and physics whiz.
The family confirmed the death on a website set up by volunteers.
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