From the RCMP strange-but-true files

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
March 30th, 2012

Castlegar RCMP have closed a bizarre file involving a canoe-riding cello, according to Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“On March 23, police were alerted to a canoe floating in the Columbia River behind the Selkirk College, unattended,” Mathew said. “Inside the red canoe was a cello in a brown case, and several pieces of paper which appear to be letters and personal notes. Police seized the canoe, notes, and cello to search for clues.The notes do not appear to be suicidal in nature, and police have no reports of missing persons in this area.”

Mathew said enquiries with music studios, teachers, and stores had not led to any answers, and police put out a public call for anyone with information to come forward.

“It was odd – it’s funny that the canoe didn’t tip over at some point,” she said. “We had to follow it up because it’s a bizarre circumstance – we didn’t know if someone had fallen overboard, or jumped overboard …”

Luckily, Mathew was able to report today that, because of media coverage of the situation, the owners of the canoe determined it was missing and contacted police.

“No one is injured or missing, and we’ll return the property to its owners,” she said.

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