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The body of a missing Kenora girl who went missing three weeks ago was found in a lake Tuesday.
Just after 8 a.m., city employees found human remains belonging to Delaine Copenace, 16, just off shore in Lake of the Woods, near the end of Water Street in downtown Kenora, Ontario Provincial Police confirmed.
A statement from Delaine’s family, posted on a Facebook page set up to help find the missing teen, asks for privacy as they cope with the loss.
"The family of Delaine Copenace would like to thank everyone for the continuous support and prayers. At this time, Delaine’s loved ones are asking that their privacy be respected as they take some time together to come to terms with the devastating loss of their daughter, sister and granddaughter and friend," the statement reads.
The investigation is in its early stages, and Delaine’s family has been notified, police said. An OPP spokeswoman told the Free Press police expected to have more information after a post-mortem examination is complete.
Delaine was last seen in downtown Kenora Feb. 27 after leaving her home with friends. Described as a shy teen who loved being at home, Delaine’s disappearance triggered an extensive ground search by OPP along with searches by friends and family in both Kenora and Winnipeg with the help of the Bear Clan Safety Patrol.
Within hours of the OPP announcing the discovery Tuesday, media reports expressing condolences to Delaine’s family were circulating on social media.
One close family member in Winnipeg was also said to be on her way to Kenora. Relatives in Winnipeg hosted a vigil for Delaine less than a week ago with the Bear Clan at the North End Bell Tower.
Updated on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM CDT: Updated.
9:09 PM: Updated
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