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Body recovered is that of former London, Ontario teen

Sophie Smith operated a smoothie stand in Dorset in 2012

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DALE CARRUTHERS and RANDY RICHMOND | QMI AGENCY

LONDON, Ont. -- Police have ended their search for a former London teenager who went missing while canoeing near Algonquin Park.

Haliburton Highlands OPP haven't said whether a female whose body was found Saturday is that of Sophie Smith, 18, who was last seen Friday afternoon after running into trouble on Kawagama Lake near Dorset, Ont.

"We cannot say 100% that she has been positively identified," Haliburton OPP Const. Paul Potter said Sunday afternoon, adding that the coroner had not yet finished an examination.

He said police are no longer searching the area -- the body was found on land after an exhausting and emotional search -- and no further details will be released.

Police said Smith went missing during a canoe trip. A resident of the area helped her to a safe spot when she appeared to be having trouble in the narrows between two lakes Friday afternoon.

Described as an athletic and popular former Central Secondary school student, Smith and her family had a cottage in the Dorset area.

Smith, who operated a smoothie stand there in 2012, was well-known and well-liked.

"She was a very friendly, outgoing young lady," said Fred Heinzler, owner of Avery Audio in Dorset, a small community that straddles Muskoka and Haliburton

Smith left Central in about Grade 11 and went to a private school, a friend said.

In London, Smith made her mark with her athletic prowess -- she played basketball and ran track -- and her sunny personality.

She helped organize charity concerts in both Toronto and Halifax.

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