May 21, 2014 2:43 pm

Body found in river confirmed that of Gregory Myles MacIntosh

A body recovered from the Saskatchewan River near Melfort on the long weekend confirmed to be Gregory Myles MacIntosh.

Supplied / Saskatoon Police Service

SASKATOON – The search for a missing Saskatoon man is over after an autopsy confirmed a body found in the Saskatchewan River near Melfort over the long weekend is that of Gregory ‘Myles’ MacIntosh.

The body was discovered by marine researchers Saturday afternoon near Wapiti regional park, located about 45 kilometres north of Melfort.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed the remains to be those of MacIntosh, who was a former resident of Lunenburg, N.S.

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“We had hoped perhaps it wasn’t him, but yet we’re relieved to know that it is him to begin the healing process and have some closure. Being able to put him to rest and give him a proper burial,”said Wally Kohle, the father of MacIntosh’s fiancée.

“[He was] just a very quiet person who’d give you the shirt off his back to help you. Just a hardworking, industrious person. Everybody at work really liked him and liked his work. Just a kind person. It’s very tragic that this had to happen to him. He sure didn’t deserve it, that’s for sure.”

MacIntosh, 28, was reported missing on Feb. 2 when he failed to return home from his bachelor party the previous evening.

He was last seen leaving a pub crawl bus early that morning after becoming involved in an altercation.

Blood found on the ice near the South Saskatchewan River was confirmed to be MacIntosh’s through DNA testing.

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