Provincial police in Brockville, Ont., received a call Tuesday night from a resident in the township of Elizabethtown saying a vehicle matching the description of the car driven by Steve Pettibone had been found.
Const. Joel Doiron said a grey KIA vehicle had been abandoned in a field off a rural road.
After confirming it was Pettibone's car, police began to search the rural area surrounding the vehicle. On Wednesday, OPP Sgt. Cathy Lindsey said a body was found nearby, "deep in the bush," around 10:30 a.m. ET but foul play was not suspected.
Police would not reveal an identity until the next of kin is notified, Lindsey said.
Last seen Monday leaving for work
Pettibone was last seen at 7:30 a.m. ET on Monday when he left his home in Belleville, Ont., to go to work at the Brockville Recorder and Times, where he is the sports editor.
His colleagues said he never arrived.
Police said Pettibone is 39 years old, stands about 5'10", has brown eyes, balding hair and a goatee.
The newspaper's managing editor, Derek Gordanier, has written a column appealing for assistance in locating the journalist, saying the disappearance is "out of character" and has left the newsroom "incredibly concerned.”