An autopsy has confirmed that a body found near Melfort, Sask., on the weekend is Myles MacIntosh, who went missing in Saskatoon on Feb. 2, the night of his bachelor party.
Police said the body of the 28-year-old, who was originally from Lunenburg, N.S., was found in the Saskatchewan River by marine researchers.
How he came to be in the water is not clear. Police in Saskatoon say their investigation has led them to conclude that MacIntosh fell into the river near the Sid Buckwold Bridge in the city.
'This should begin the end process for us.' — Robert MacIntosh, father of Myles MacIntosh
MacIntosh's bachelor party was held at a Saskatoon bar on Feb. 1.
According to information received by CBC News, he was asked to leave that bar around midnight. From there, he hopped aboard a pub crawl bus that was headed for another lounge in the city. During the trip an altercation arose and police were called.
By the time officers arrived, MacIntosh was off the bus and had left the area. He was formally reported as missing about four hours later.
Police have charged a man with assault in relation to the altercation on the bus.
On Monday, Robert MacIntosh, the father of the dead man, said the discovery of his son's body brought some relief to his family.
"There's been a lot of efforts to find Myles and bring him home, and we're just glad that it seems that it's happened," MacIntosh said. "This should begin the end process for us, so we can just carry on and have our memories and do our son right by a proper burial."
MacIntosh added his family is grateful to everyone who supported them during the search for Myles.
"It's been overwhelming for us just to realize how many people have participated and made an effort to help us out with this," he said. "It's been our strength through the whole process."
The South Saskatchewan River flows through Saskatoon. It merges with the North Saskatchewan River to become the Saskatchewan River.