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The curious disappearance of Lachlan Cranswick

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 February 2010: Lachlan CRANSWICK, a 41 year-old nuclear scientist working in Ontario vanished last month without a trace. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are indeed curious and the case merits more than a casual mention, especially in light of numerous other instances of nuclear scientists and microbiologists turning up missing or dead within the last few years, many under mysterious circumstances.

On Monday, January 18, CRANSWICK, who works at the Chalk River Laboratories nuclear facility in Ottawa where he runs experiments for the National Research Council, just completed work for an overseas researcher. He reportedly left his report of findings on his desk to be mailed later, and boarded a bus from the nuclear facility to his home in Deep River, Ontario at 4:30 pm on that day.

At some point after arriving at his home where he lived alone, he reportedly carried his trash to the curb. Then… nothing. He was gone “without a trace.” His house was found unlocked, and his car was parked in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport were all inside of his home, untouched.

CRANSWICK, a curling enthusiast, was scheduled to take the next few days off work. When he failed to show up for a game with the local curling club and did not return to work, his friends notified authorities of his disappearance on January 24. Multiple searches using helicopters, tracking dogs and civilian volunteers failed to turn up any clues or insight into his disappearance. Now, authorities are at a loss with no leads and no answers.

“It is open and there is nothing else we can do with it,” said Constable Darin Faris, the Deep River police officer conducting the investigation. “Every bit of information, every lead that came in, everything … has led us nowhere.” “We don’t believe he got lost,” Faris said. “He’s meticulous in all points of detail.”

CRANSWICK, a native of Australia, moved to the UK as a young man where he worked as an experimental physicist. He moved to Canada in 2003, and began working at the Neutron Beam Center in Chalk River, which is used as a laboratory for scientists from around the world to conduct various experiments and academic research. It was CRANSWICKS’s job was to assist the various scientists by running tests, primarily conducting tests of samples to identify their molecular structure, according to his colleagues.

Described as meticulous, disciplined and well organized, CRANSWICK never left his house unprepared. If he walked the nearby nature trails, for example, he would always carry a fanny pack, a flashlight, a whistle to ward off wildlife and a GPS system. All of those items were found by police in his house.

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Related/of Interest: Compilation of dead scientists

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