Rock River empties into Missisquoi Bay, 9-13-2018

The Rock River drains into Missisquoi Bay after meandering between Franklin County and Southern Quebec.

SWANTON — Authorities have recovered the body of a kite surfer from Canada who was reported missing earlier this week on Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain.

The search for Pierre Dunningan, 62, of Bromont, Quebec, resumed mid-morning Saturday with Vermont State Police troopers conducting shoreline searches. At about 12:30 p.m., a civilian called state police to report seeing something floating in Missisquoi Bay off the west side of Church Road in Swanton. Troopers including members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program responded with assistance from state game wardens with the Department of Fish & Wildlife, and members of the Swanton Village Fire Department. Firefighters deployed their boat and recovered a man’s body in open water less than 100 yards from shore.

The victim has been identified as Dunningan. His body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, and to confirm identity. Canadian authorities were notified, and they informed the victim’s family.

Per standard procedure, a death investigation is being conducted by the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations. The death does not appear to be suspicious. Anyone with information that may be relevant to this case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Angela Baker at the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993.

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