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Grisly Find For Teenage Geocachers

Cold comfort: Police are continuing to watch the Coles Island bridge where the body of a 57-year-old woman was found by teenage geocachers. Photo: MATTHEW BINGLEY/CBC NEWS

Cold comfort: Police are continuing to watch the New Brunswick bridge where the body of a 57-year-old Canadian woman was found by teenage geocachers. Photo: MATTHEW BINGLEY/CBC NEWS

Two Canadian teenagers were probably wishing for a DNF when they stumbled upon a dead body while geocaching last weekend.

The southern New Brunswick residents discovered the remains of the 57-year-old woman under a bridge in the rural community of Coles Island on Saturday afternoon, according to media reports.

Iced over: The Canaan River is almost frozen. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS

Iced over: The Canaan River is still partly frozen at this time of year. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer later confirmed that the woman, who has not yet been named, lived in Wickham, about 45 kilometres northeast of Coles Island. Her death is not considered to be foul play.

The geocachers, aged 13 and 14, spotted the body partially submerged in the mostly frozen Canaan River about 4pm, while near traditional hide GC3QYP9 Tree House. They then ran to the closest convenience store to alert authorities.

“They told the young man working here that they thought they saw a body in the water, so he left with them to confirm because he didn’t quite believe them,”  store spokeswoman Lindsay Morse explained to a journalist from news channel CTV Atlantic.  “They came running back to the store and they called 911.”

The attendant told CBC reporter Matthew Bingley that after following the boys down to the river, he saw a woman’s body face down in the water. She was wearing a jacket, jeans and high heels.

The woman’s family has been notified, although her name has still not been released. Yesterday, police said the medical examiner had completed an autopsy but they were still waiting to confirm her exact cause of death.

The bridge was closed until late Saturday night; however, officers have been keeping watch at the site while their investigation continues.

GC3QYP9 Tree House has since been temporarily disabled by owner Walden07.

*To see news footage of the incident, visit CTV Atlantic News.

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