01/19/2014 07:14 EST | Updated 03/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Worker Found Dead At Suncor Oilsands Facility

A worker at the Suncor Energy oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., has died, the company reported Sunday.

In a press release, Suncor said the male employee had gone missing early Sunday. Emergency personnel with the company were called in around 7 a.m. to look for the worker. The worker was found dead on the scene a few hours later. 

Suncor informed RCMP and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. 

"The employee was found in the sand-dump area. That's a drying area that is part of our extraction process," Suncor spokesperson SnehSeetal told CBC News.

Out of respect for the family, the company would not release any more information about the worker, Seetal said.

"Our immediate concern is for family and friends and co-workers and they are in thoughts at this incredibly difficult time."

Seetal said the employee's immediate family members have been notified and grief counsellors brought in to assist family and co-workers. No other employees were involved in the incident.

Seetal said it was too early to tell what caused the death, and the company would be conducting an investigation.