Hunt for missing woman ends Saturday


By Josh Howald

The search for a missing Kincardine woman ended Saturday morning.

Police recovered the body of Yvonne Martin at 10:40 a.m. along the shoreline in Kincardine. Police didn't specify in what area it was found.

The South-Bruce OPP issued a release Saturday afternoon that said foul play is not suspected.

Yvonne Martin, 64, was reported missing Wednesday at 11:47 p.m. Police said she left her Baird St. home around 9:40 p.m. to run some errands and never returned home. Her black Ford Fusion was found on Harbour St. in Kincardine.

That's what prompted fears she was in Lake Huron, and that is where a heavy police search was focused.

The West Region OPP Emergency Response Team, the OPP Canine Unit, the South-Bruce OPP Marine Unit and OPP Aviation Services all assisted with the search. The north pier was cordoned off with yellow police tape Thursday as a helicopter searched the area of the Penetangore River up to the forks. Friday, police introduced drones into the search as well.

Lake Huron was calm and clear for the duration of the time Martin was missing.

Police didn't detail where Martin entered the water, if they know. She is the second Kincardine resident to have gone missing and then be recovered from Lake Huron this summer. Todd Walker disappeared in June and was missing for 10 days before his body was recovered.

The South-Bruce OPP said it appreciated the assistance of the media and the public with the investigation, which is now closed.

There were no details on memorial or funeral arrangements for Martin available.