Urso's sudden disappearance was highly out of character.
Urso had been the popular principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic elementary school in Belle River, Ontario since January 2007. He had begun his teaching career in 1996 at Our Lady of Carmel, became vice-principal of Queen of Peace school in Leamington in 2000, the moved to Holy Cross in 2002. He went on to become principal of L.A. Desmarais September 2006 before he was transferred to St. John the Baptist. He was described as a passionate, dedicated educator full of fresh ideas.
"There was no limit to what Louie could do, no limit. Anything that he tackled was done absolutely the best possible way."Urso was also a co-owner of La Cantina, a specialty food store on Cabana Road in Windsor, with his brother and served on a fundraising advisory committee for Transition to Betterness (T2B). T2B is a charity organization that improves hospital rooms to make them more comfortable for cancer patients.
- Carm Casalena, friend
Urso, who lived in LaSalle, Ontario, was last seen early in the early morning hours on Friday, June 29, in the Walkerville area of Windsor, Ontario--about 12 minutes south of Detroit.
|Photo credit: Windsor Star|
Holy Names vice-principal Carm Casalena, who knew Urso since he was 10 years old, told the Windsor Star, "There was no limit to what Louie could do, no limit," she said Wednesday before Urso's body was found. "Anything that he tackled was done absolutely the best possible way. He was loving to everyone. He was kind. He was religious. He loved his family. He loved his children (students). He did everything he could for his kids that he taught. "
The Search for Louie Urso
According to the Windsor Star, after the car was found, "about a dozen uniformed officers and plain clothes detectives from Windsor and LaSalle combed the area around Mill Street between Sandwich and the Detroit River. Mill Street Heritage Park was cordoned off by yellow police tape. A police dog was brought to the scene at 12:45 p.m. and the Windsor police boat was searching the Detroit River." Other reports indicate that police boats searched the area around around Mill Street Heritage Park on Windsor's west side.
Urso's body was found by OPP unit divers in 10 feet of the murky Detroit River off an old dock at Mill Street Heritage Park on July 4. The location was not far from where his car was found the day before.
Inspector Greg Renaud of the Windsor police major crime unit told Canada.com that the OPP arrived around 12 p.m. Wednesday to help with the search.
“We gave them a general area of where to look at,” Renaud said at the scene after the body was found. “Within 30 minutes they had located a body, down about 10 feet in the water.” (Canada.com, 7/4/07.)
Windsor police have not reported the cause of death, but said there is no indication of foul play.
On July 12, hundreds of family and friends gathered at Assumption Church for a funeral mass. Louie Urso was not married, but leaves behind 11 nieces and nephews.
Facts in this Case:
Name/age: Louis Urso, 36
Last Seen: 6/28/07, 11:30pm, South Walkerville
Recovered: 7/4/07, Detroit River near Mill Street Heritage Park
Physical Description: white male, 5'2", 145, brown eyes, closely shaved hair, goatee. Last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
Investigating Agency: La Salle Police Service, 519-969-5210.
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