Body found in truck is missing Ontario man, police say
An Ontario family's journey to Saskatoon in search of a missing relative from Winnipeg has ended in tragedy.
The Saskatoon police said Friday afternoon they had been called to the scene of a suspicious death of an unknown person.
Some time after 3 p.m., a body was found in a pickup truck at a business in the 300 block of Marquis Drive on the northwest edge of the city.
The truck and the licence plate match the vehicle Mark Christiansen, 39, was driving when he was last seen in Winnipeg two weeks ago.
Police confirmed Saturday the body in the truck was that of Christiansen.
Christiansen had been on his way to the Muskeg Lake First Nation to deliver a pickup truck. There had been no trace of him after he left Winnipeg.
Members of the family, which is from Thunder Bay, were in the Saskatoon area Friday, putting up posters and combing back roads in the hunt for the missing man.
Earlier in the day, his brother Erik Christiansen said the family was hanging on to the hope they could still find him alive.
"Anything's possible," he said. "You have no idea what's going to come at you, but I firmly believe he's stuck on a side road and it's just a matter of people going out and finding him."
By 5 p.m., police had cordoned off the area around the truck with yellow tape. Patrol police and members of the major crime unit were on the scene, the Saskatoon police said.