The West Nipissing Police Service is currently looking for a male person who was originally reported missing from the Waterloo area.
Jason Prang, 39 years old, is from Kitchener Ontario. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, balding with an unshaven face. His right thumb is severed. He has medical issues that require him to wear a colostomy bag. He was last seen wearing a black pair of pants, blue and white cotton shirt, and hiking boots with brown and red laces.
He was originally reported missing from the Kitchener area on Sunday July 17th 2016. He made his way to a family cottage on Prang’s Lane off Highway 64 in the North Monetville area where he visited family members. It is believed that he was hitch-hiking.
He is described as being distraught. On Monday July 18th at approximately 8:15 a.m., he took his belongings and left the cottage. The belongings were located later in the day along a roadway by the family. West Nipissing Police was called at 8:38 p.m. yesterday.
West Nipissing Police in conjunction with Ontario Provincial Police officers and the K-9 unit conducted a search of the area where the belongings were left but to no avail. The search is being resumed this morning however the direction of travel is currently unknown. West Nipissing Police is asking the public’s assistance in locating this individual. Should anyone see him, they are advised to contact police immediately.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Friday July 22nd 2016, members of the West Nipissing Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police located the body of Jason Prang. Mr. Prang was reported missing initially to Waterloo Regional Police on July 17th 2016. He had travelled to the North Monetville area where he spent some time at a family cottage before walking away on Monday morning. West Nipissing Police were contacted on Monday evening and began their investigation.
A search involving West Nipissing and Ontario Provincial Police officers was initiated. On Wednesday, the discovery of personal items at the water’s edge led the searchers to extend their efforts onto Lake Nipissing. The combined team of OPP and WNPS officers continued on the water Thursday and Friday. The deceased was located in the water on Friday morning several hundred yards from where the property had been located.
The Coroner’s office has been called in and a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on Monday July 25th 2016. On behalf of all police officers involved here and in Waterloo Region, I extend my deepest condolences to the family.
I thank those who called in tips in aid of the investigation, the media for their assistance in communicating our message and to the Waterloo Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police for their assistance.