July 31, 2014 11:25 pm

WATCH: Family finds remains of missing man after hiring an unconventional expert

Family and friends of a missing Coquitlam man turned to a very unconventional expert to get the closure they needed.

Forty-four-year-old Nick Candeloro, a husband and father of four, vanished after he left his Coquitlam home for a walk on July 3.

Despite extensive search, involving dozens of search and rescue crews, police, a helicopter and volunteers, there was no sign of the Coquitlam man.

After 3.5 agonizing weeks passed, there were still no leads.

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Despite serious skepticism, Candeloro’s loved ones took the advice of a family member, who’s a coroner, and contacted Norm Pratt, the self proclaimed intuitive who says he has successfully assisted police and families in missing persons cases.

His gut instinct told him to search near Candeloro’s home, an area that had already been scoured by police and an army of other searchers.

Pratt says he knew the area was already searched, but felt a strong intuition that Candeloro was there.

Candeloro’s remains were found in a wooded area near Plateau Boulevard and Sugarpine Court on July 28. Foul play has been ruled out and police closed their investigation.

Despite a painful outcome for the family, Candeloro’s brother-in-law told Global News Pratt was a gift in their lives and they will be forever grateful for finding their loved one.

They paid $2,000 to hire him.

The RCMP is not commenting on how Candeloro was found.

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