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Body found in Lake Ontario identified as missing Grimsby man

Foul play is not suspected, but Martens' death remains under investigation
2019-07-29 NRP missing David Martens
David Martens. Photo provided by Niagara Regional Police

On Aug. 1, 2019, at approximately 4:39 p.m. uniform officers from the 8 District Grimsby office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to Sandy Cove Drive in Lincoln for a report of a found body in Lake Ontario.

Detectives from the 8 District Criminal Investigation Branch and the Forensic Services Unit attended the scene.  With the assistance of the NRPS Marine Unit the body of a male was recovered.

The coroner attended the scene, and a post mortem examination has been ordered to confirm the identity of the deceased.

A post mortem conducted on Aug. 2, 2019 has confirmed the identity of the deceased as David Martens. 

The circumstances around Mr. Martens' death remain under investigation, however foul play is not suspected. 

The family and police would like to thank the community for assistance and support.

Original update:

The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) is continuing their search for missing person, David Martens (46-years-old) of Grimsby. The NRPS and Martens' family remain concerned for his welfare.

Detectives from the 8 District (Grimsby) office of the NRPS have been able to track Martens last known whereabouts to the area of the Beacon Harbour and the kayak rental area.   He was in that area on July 27, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m. 

His 2014 silver 4D Mazda 6 has been located at the Beacon.

Detectives have reason to believe that Martens may have rented a watercraft (possibly a kayak or a paddle board).

The NRPS Marine Underwater Search and Recovery Unit have been working with the Canadian Coast Guard conducting on water searches.  That search has included the use of vessels, planes, helicopters and underwater sonar.

Uniform personnel are also conducting shoreline searches in the area.

Weather and water conditions (currents and wave action) have been predominantly northerly since the time Martens went missing.  As such members of the public in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of Lake Ontario are being asked to be aware of any unoccupied kayaks or paddle boards near shore or on the shoreline.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NRPS at 905-688-4111 extension 5400.

Original release July 29, 2019:

The Niagara Regional Police are seeking the assistance of the public in locating missing person, David Martens. 

Martens is a 46 year old male described as being 5'8", approximately 168 lbs, with blue eyes and short, brown hair.

Please see the attached picture of Martens for further detail. He was last seen wearing a grey "Oakley" T-shirt and beige cargo shorts.

Martens was last observed at the Beacon Hotel Kayak Rental area, located at 2793 Beacon Blvd, Jordan Station approximately 3 p.m. on July 27, 2019.

If you have any information pertaining to Marten's whereabouts please contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at (905)688-4111.