On February 17, 2017, at 4:11 p.m., the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted regarding two missing males from Rocky Bay First Nation. The two males, identified as 51-year-old Gerald Thompson and 45-year-old Nathaniel Thompson from Rocky Bay First Nation were last seen on Lake Nipigon on the afternoon of February 16, 2017. Police were contacted when they did not return to Rocky Bay.
Members of the Anishinabek Police Service as well as the North West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an MNR helicopter were deployed to the scene.
On February 18, 2017 at approximately 11:00 a.m., an OPP spotter located one submerged motorized snow vehicle in Lake Nipigon. A second set of motorized snow vehicle tracks leading to another break in the ice were also observed.
On February 19, 2017 at approximately 4:05 p.m. members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) recovered the body of Gerald Thompson from Lake Nipigon. A post mortem will take place in Thunder Bay on a date yet to be determined.
The search continues for Nathaniel Thompson.