The body of 17-year-old Kelly Allary has been found on Ochapowace First Nation nearly two weeks after the teen was first reported missing.
According to Chief Margaret Bear, Allary's sister found his body Saturday afternoon in the water on the southeast shore of Round Lake in Ochapowace. An RCMP release said he was found close to the house where he was last seen.
An autopsy has been ordered to find out how the teen died and police continue to investigate his death.
"The young people especially will miss him," said Bear Sunday. "Elders, family, community members as a whole, everyone is grieving today."
Bear visited the Allary family on the Ochapowace First Nation Sunday morning.
"They were sharing stories of Kelly and are planning a family get together today to share this special day, as today (would have been) Kelly's birthday."
According to RCMP, Allary was last seen seen walking by himself on Ochapowace First Nation on May 19 at approximately 9:00 p.m. CST.
People from the Ochapowace area initially tried looking for the teen in local ground searches throughout the past week. An RCMP aerial search began May 25 after ground searches did not turn up any leads.
"While it is not what we would have liked it to be, our prayers were answered to locate Kelly," said Bear.
Community remembers 'very likeable young man'
Bear said Allary was well-known within the community which has a population of 1400, however approximately 600 people usually live there.
"It is my understanding that he has touched many lives in a positive and uplifting way because of his friendly attitude and demeanour— a very likeable young man he was."
She said the grade 11 student was smart in school and athletic on the ice.
"Kelly was an athlete, a hockey player. This past winter, he played with the Ochapowace and Cote First Nations midget hockey team."
The family began funeral preparations Sunday but Chief Bear said they are working around the police investigation and autopsy.
"There is a sense of comfort that we as Kelly's family and community as a whole can now bring closure to this part," she said.