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George Giles

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The Cold Cases of York Region: George Giles

A white man with thick hair and a white shirt

FILE No.: 1989-121730

After a weekend spent winterizing his cottage on Fox Island, George Giles and a friend launched on Giles' boat on Sunday, November 5, 1989, at around 5:30 p.m. The two were heading to the Days Marina in Island Grove, located on the south shore of Lake Simcoe, but never reached their destination. 

While en route to the marina, the boat was partially submerged by large waves. The two friends decided their best bet was to swim back to Fox Island, using gasoline cans to stay afloat. During the attempt, Giles was separated from his friend and is believed to have died. 

Giles' friend made it ashore and contacted police from Giles' cottage. Despite a search conducted by police and volunteers late into that night and in the days that followed, Giles was never found and is presumed drowned. The boat was located nearly two weeks later on November 16, beached on a sandbar near Orillia.

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