Terry Wilkinson found dead on Burlington Beach just east of the lift bridge. Foul play is not suspected.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  January 2, 2012  –  Halton Regional Police reported on December 30th, the finding of the body of Terry Wilkinson.  He had been missing since November 22, when he was last seen in downtown Burlington.  The body was found on the beach just east of the lift bridge.  The police report there was no suspicion of foul play.

Terry Wilkinson, Father, friend community volunteer, found dead on Burlington Beach. Foul play is not suspected.

Wilkinson was with a family member on that Tuesday and said he was going home, but family members have not had direct contact with him since then.

His family says the disappearance is out of character and that Wilkinson had no pre-existing medical conditions and was believed to be in good health.

Burlington Det.-Sgt. Ray Bruce reports reviewing surveillance video of Wilkinson at a downtown gas station around 7 p.m. the same day he went missing.  Wilkinson is on his own in the footage and appeared to be in good condition.

Wilkinson’s 2004 black Pontiac Grand Prix was found by police on Wednesday, Nov. 23, around 10 p.m., in the Brant Street/Lakeshore Road area. It had a parking ticket on it dated the same day, around 11:25 a.m.

The police marine unit did a search of the shoreline around Spencer Smith Park and also a foot search of the downtown area to no avail shortly after Wilkinson was reported missing.

Weather until very recently was unseasonably warm.

Burlington resident Casey Cosgrove was part of a community effort to locate Wilkinson.  Flyers were placed in stores in the downtown core and police were on constant lookout and several searches were organized.

“The story with Terry has ended in a way that makes all if us that cared for him or called him a friend very sad”, Cosgrove said. `”He was a husband, father, and an active volunteer in his community for many years. Every time there was an event that needed support, Terry was there. He will be dearly missed.”


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