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Police identify body found near Smiths Falls, Ont. as missing man

Police say Steven Tate, 34, was reported missing on Nov. 4. (OPP) Police say Steven Tate, 34, was reported missing on Nov. 4. (OPP)
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Ontario Provincial Police have identified a body that was discovered along Highway 15 near Smiths Falls, Ont. on Wednesday.

In an update on Thursday, police identified the body as Steven Tate, 34, of Montague Township, who was reported missing on Nov. 4.

The body was located on Nov. 8 by OPP Emergency Response Team members.

Highway 15 was closed for a period of time while police investigated.

The man's disappearance is the third missing persons investigation in Smith Falls this past year. Police did not link Tate's disappearance with the other two investigations.

 

In October, the OPP announced its Criminal Investigation Branch was overseeing the investigation into the disappearance of a 34-year-old named Robert or Robbie from Smiths Falls. It's believed he went missing sometime between October 12 and 18.

There is also an ongoing investigation into a man who disappeared a year ago. Lawrence Bertrim was 42 when he was last seen on Sept. 30, 2022 in Smiths Falls. Earlier this year, police issued a new call for clues into his disappearance. 

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