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Helicopter found, bodies recovered of missing Kapuskasing couple

Cause of crash remains under investigation
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Nicole and Jody Blais shown here in a photo from 2009 that was shared to Facebook. (Facebook.com/Nicole Blais)

NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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KAPUSKASING - On March 6, 2019 at approximately 9 a.m., members of the James Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an incident where a female and male from the Town of Kapuskasing, Ont. were reported missing.

Police information revealed that Nicole Blais, 47 years old and Jody Blais, 49 years old, both from Kapuskasing, Ont., failed to return, via helicopter, to a hanger in Fauquier, Ontario, as scheduled. They were last seen leaving Sudbury, Ont., at 6:45 p.m., on March 4, 2019. 

On March 11, 2019 the wreckage of the helicopter and the bodies of Nicole and Jody Blais were located by a search plane.

The OPP and the Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the circumstances leading to the crash. The OPP has been working collaboratively in the search efforts with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and Timmins Porcupine Search and Rescue (TSPR).

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation are encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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