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Missing Shell exec found dead in Netherlands

31 October 2011

CALGARY — What should have been business as usual in the Netherlands turned tragic this weekend, as a missing Shell Canada employee has turned up dead.

Barry Maguire, a general manager of design engineering for Shell, was found by the sea early Sunday.

A spokesman for the company confirmed Sunday evening Maguire of Calgary who had died while on a business trip.

He had been reported missing Thursday.

“We understand from the police in the Netherlands that the body of the employee, who previously had been reported missing, was found earlier (Sunday),” spokesman Stephen Doolan said.

“The indication so far from the police is they’re considering it an accidental death by drowning.”

But investigation into the death is ongoing, noted Doolan, and Shell is working with the authorities.

Canada Foreign Affairs is aware of the tragedy.

“Canadian consular officials are monitoring this case and are in contact with Dutch authorities,” spokesman Aliya Mawani said. “We stand ready to provide consular assistance.”

Mawani said her department cannot comment further as a matter of privacy.

Doolan said Maguire’s family has been notified and it has been a very stressful weekend, with the company now focused on doing all it can for those affected by the tragic turn of events.

“We’re doing all we can in an otherwise very difficult time,” he said, noting the company is reaching out to the family to offer them any support they need.

“We’re (also) providing support to staff and will have various support resources internally available in the coming weeks.”

It has been reported Maguire leaves behind a wife and two children.

Doolan couldn’t verify any personal information about Maguire, or how long he had been with the company.

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