Body recovered from Schwatka Lake identified

The Yukon coroner’s office confirmed the body recovered on July 1 in Schwatka Lake is Michael Groening.

The Yukon coroner’s office confirmed the body recovered on July 1 in Schwatka Lake is Michael Groening.

Groening jumped or fell from Miles Canyon, on June 15 according to the RCMP at the time. Witnesses on the scene tried without luck to rescue the man and watched him slip beneath the water’s surface.

What started as a search and rescue operation eventually turned into a body recovery operation. The body wasn’t visually identified and it took a DNA test to confirm the identity, acting chief coroner Heather Jones said.

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