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Body found in Whitby identified as missing jogger Boucher

A police handout of Jeffrey Boucher, 52, who went missing Monday, January 13 during his morning run in Whitby and has not been seen since.

Durham Region police say a body found in Whitby, Ont., on the weekend has now been positively identified as that of a teacher who disappeared in January.

The confirmation of the body as that of Jeffrey Boucher, 52, of Whitby was made Monday night by the coroner's office.

Police say further lab tests are scheduled in hopes of determining the cause of death but the results may take several weeks.

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Investigators say no foul play is suspected and there were no signs of trauma to the body, which was found Saturday by a person out for a walk along the shore of Lake Ontario.

Boucher was reported missing Jan. 13 after it's believed he left his home in Whitby, a community just east of Toronto, to go for a morning jog.

Extensive search efforts failed to locate him, but one of his shoes was found early last month and the other shoe was found Saturday, shortly before the body was discovered.

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