Deceased person located along Highway 15 identified as missing Smiths Falls man

Steven Tate was last seen alive in Smiths Falls on Nov. 4. – OPP photo

The Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after the body of a missing man was found adjacent to Highway 15 near Smiths Falls.

Steven Tate, 34, of Montague Township had been reported missing on Nov. 4. He was last seen alive the same date in the early morning hours. 

A body was located Nov. 8 by OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) members and has now been confirmed as that of Steven Tate. Highway 15 was closed for a period of time while Technical Collision Investigators and a Collision Reconstructionist assisted with the investigation.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is ongoing, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. 

There is believed to be no threat to public safety.

If you have had any recent contact with Steven Tate, or have any information, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) if you wish to remain anonymous. Investigators also want to hear from anyone with potentially relevant doorbell, dashcam or other video recordings from the days leading up to Steven’s disappearance.

Information will be updated as it is made available.

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