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Man, daughter found dead at Milton conservation area suffered injuries consistent with fall: police

An extensive search was organized Sunday evening after police received word that the pair had not returned from an afternoon hike at Rattlesnake Point
Missing father and daughter rattlesnake park
Halton police at the Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area where a missing father and daughter have been found dead, Feb. 9, 2020. CITYNEWS/Dave Ritchie

The bodies of a man and his four-year-old daughter were found at the base of an escarpment in southwestern Ontario and showed injuries "consistent with a fall," police said Monday.

Halton regional police said the father and daughter, whose identities were not released, had gone for a hike at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton, Ont., around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

"It's not the outcome we were looking for, it's the outcome we were dreading," said Const. Ryan Anderson. "There (was) significant trauma on the victims that could be consistent with a fall."

The deaths are not considered homicides "at this point," he said.

Police initiated a massive search for the pair after being called around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Anderson said.

He said police were concerned due to the weather, the time of day, the difficult terrain and a large search area.

A mix of rain and snow blanketed the region Sunday.

The force's search incident response team found the bodies just after 11 p.m.

Halton's homicide squad has taken over the investigation, but Anderson said the unit probes every death of a child under five years old.

He said the bodies were removed by Milton firefighters early Monday morning.

Post-mortem examinations will be conducted, Anderson said.

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