HALIFAX - The body of a Canadian warship crew member who was found dead while on shore leave in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean will be returned to Halifax on Monday.
© The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan
HMCS Toronto heads to the Arabian Sea from Halifax on Jan.14, 2013.
The Department of National Defence says a private repatriation ceremony for family and friends of Lt. Andrew F. Webster will take place at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport around 2 p.m.
Webster was serving on board HMCS Toronto, which has been part of counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea for most of this year.
The military says Webster, a 15-year member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was found dead in his hotel room on Thursday afternoon.
Lt.-Col. Christian Lemay said an autopsy has been conducted by local police and another will be conducted by Canadian officials.
The military said his death was non-combat related and foul play is not suspected.
- The Canadian Press