The body of a Behchoko, N.W.T., man who had missing since July 6 was recovered Tuesday.

Two searchers in a canoe found Anthony "Tony" Rabesca's body near an island in the North Arm of Great Slave Lake.

"It's a huge relief, a big relief for the family," said Luke Grosco, Rabesca's nephew.


Anthony Rabesca's body was found Tuesday. He had been last seen in the community on July 6. (CBC)

"Everybody is happy. It's a big relief when you're searching for the body for three-and-a-half weeks and coming up on nothing and searching every day. [It was] very stressful and very hard on the family. Now everyone can put Tony Rabesca to rest."

The searchers were about an hour-and-a-half canoe ride from Frank's Channel.

Grosco said Rabesca could often be found at the dock by Frank's Channel checking nets. The family hopes to hold a memorial for him there.

"Tony was very kind-hearted, a very hard worker. He was the type of person that wouldn't say no to anybody. No matter who you are, he was a helping hand person and would go out of his way to help anybody," said Grosco.

Grosco said he and his family are thankful for all the community support they received and the help from the boaters who continued searching every day.