The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has announced that Mark Badgley, a Napanee man missing for five days, has been located deceased.
Badgley went missing on the morning of Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, according to information released by the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Detachment of the OPP the following day. It is believed he was going hiking with his dog, Teegan, a German Shepherd, and Badgley was last seen in the early morning on Friday near County Road 9 and Little Creek Road in Napanee.
As part of the investigation, Greater Napanee Emergency Services searched the waterway near County Road 9, after a hole was allegedly discovered in the ice. Police, along with Greater Napanee Emergency Services (GNES), conducted a search for Badgley throughout the day on Saturday, Feb. 11, and returned to the search in the daylight on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, the OPP announced that a missing 56-year-old man had been located deceased. Acting Sergeant Erin Cranton, Media Coordinator for the OPP East Region, confirmed that Badgley was the man located deceased. According to information from police, his body was located in the water. Police did not say whether the dog has been located.
“No further details will be released at this time,” OPP East Region Communications said in the tweet.
“OPP would like to thank everyone who shared the appeal for assistance or provided any information.”
Kingstonist has followed up with inquiries as to whereabouts Badgley was located, if police suspect foul play was involved, and if Teegan has been located (and, if not, if people are still searching for the dog).
In response to Kingstonist Inquiries, Sgt. Cranton explained the search operation further.
“An extensive ground search had been conducted for the missing male and dog, with the assistance from the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine Unit, and OPP Aviation Services,” Cranton relayed.
“The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) was also engaged in an effort to search the water and surrounding area.”
The OPP said that the death is not considered suspicious.
This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.