On August 2nd, a deceased male was located in the search area along the South Saskatchewan River. Until a positive identification could be made, the search for Robert Lehto was suspended. On August 3rd, the deceased was confirmed to be 57 year-old Robert Lehto. The investigation remains ongoing with assistance from the Coroner’s Office.
Saskatoon Detachment is currently conducting a search for a missing person which is focused in the South Saskatchewan River near Paradise Beach. Paradise beach is located south of Saskatoon. Robert Harry Lehto (age 57) was last seen at Paradise Beach with friends on July 29th near a sand bar in the river. The investigation and items found near Paradise beach have lead members to the area.
Lehto was first reported missing around 6:00 pm and had not been seen for approximately fours hours. The Saskatoon Fire Service searched the area near the beach and down stream in a boat on the evening of July 29th and a RCMP Police dog and handler searched the shoreline with the assistance of STARS.
The RCMP Underwater Recovery Unit (URT) and Civilian Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) started searching the water near Paradise beach and downstream on July 30, with negative results to date.
Efforts along the South Saskatchewan River will continue today with the assistance of Saskatoon Search and Rescue, RCMP F Div Search and Rescue, and RCMP URT. Other avenues of investigation are still open and the RCMP would like anyone that has seen Lehto after July 29th to contact the Saskatoon detachment at 306 – 975- 5145 with any information.