Body of missing local doctor found on Canadian shore

Cary Ashby • Nov 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM

(UPDATED with full story) - The search for a missing Perkins Township doctor has ended on the shores of Canada.

The Ontario Provincial Police Department reported finding Dr. Michael Leslie's body Friday afternoon on a peninsula across Lake Erie from Cleveland. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth was notified of the discovery by the Sandusky-based U.S. Border Patrol agent in charge, and Sigsworth then contacted Perkins Township Police Chief Ken Klamar. Leslie's family also was notified.

Leslie, a neurologist from Perkins Township, was reported missing in late October after he took his boat out during bad weather.

"I understand there is going to be an investigation in Canada as well," Klamar said.

An autopsy will be performed, but it is unknown when. However, Klamar said Canadian authorities have contacted Erie County Coroner Dr. Brian Baxter.

The circumstances of Leslie's disappearance are not suspicious, the chief said.

Three weeks ago, a witness reported seeing Leslie park his car at the Sandusky Yacht Club and go out to his family's boat. The incident happened a few hours before the doctor's wife reported him missing.

Leslie's boat was found the next day about a mile offshore of Lakewood, but he could not be located despite a search by Coast Guard members.

Authorities didn't find anything suspicious when the boat was recovered, Klamar said.

Canadian police found Leslie's body washed up on the shore of Rondeau Park, Ontario, which is north across Lake Erie from Cleveland. The autopsy should reveal how long Leslie had been dead, Klamar said.

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