RCMP say a body discovered in a rural area north of Calgary on Monday is believed to be that of a 19-year-old man who was previously reported missing.
Kalix Langenau was last seen in northeast Calgary on Saturday morning.
Airdrie RCMP issued a plea to the public the next day, asking for help locating Langenau, saying it was believed he was somewhere in the Airdrie area and that there was “concern for his well-being.”
In a Tuesday news release, RCMP said an autopsy is expected to be completed sometime this week after a body was found southeast of Airdrie.
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit is assisting with the investigation.
Langenau described as ‘kind, generous individual’
Langenau was well-known in Airdrie’s minor hockey community, having played several seasons as a goalie, while also working since the age of 14 as an instructor at the Explosive Edge athletic development facility.
Langenau coached baseball and soccer at the facility but was best known for his time on the ice, helping young goalies develop their skills.
“I’ve known Kalix since he was a preteen. I was his goalie coach for a long time,” Explosive Edge owner Chris Bergman said Tuesday. “I’m very close to the family. When you’re that close you kind of feel like it’s one of your own. A big piece of our family is not here anymore.”
“He was caring — a kind, generous individual that wore his heart on his sleeve and really allowed the kids to experience that,” Bergman said.
“One of the last things that we were kind of discussing was he wanted to donate his paycheque to a family in need, to purchase all their hockey equipment and get them into one of our programs.”
RCMP said no further information on Langenau’s death will be released until the autopsy is complete.
Anyone with information is asked to call Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.