Missing northern Manitoba man found dead

Gordon Brass, who had been missing from a remote northern Manitoba reserve since early this month, has been found dead.
Gordon Brass had been missing since Oct. 4 and some of his clothes were found by family members on the reserve. His body was found near Indian Birch River, the local chief confirmed Friday. (Courtesy Robin Genaille-Kematch )

A man who was missing from a remote northern Manitoba reserve has been found dead.

Gordon Brass, 42, of the Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation had been missing since Oct. 4.

His body was found by search volunteers near the Birch River at around 2:45 p.m. Friday, according to First Nation Chief Albina Brass and Craig Stevens, the community's EMO co-ordinator.

"We found Mr. Brass. He's no longer with the land of the living. He's gone," Stevens told CBC News.

"It's hard on the community, hard on the family. We're a very small, close-knit community."

Search crews had been looking for Brass for about two weeks.

The First Nation declared a state of emergency last weekend as more than 140 people combed through a 50-kilometre area around the Birch River on foot, on horseback and on quads.

Since Brass went missing, people had found some of his belongings scattered around the reserve.

Volunteers with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) also conducted aerial searches for Brass.

Stevens said searchers were devastated when they discovered Brass's body less than half a mile from the community.

"The funny thing is it was an area that was searched before, so I don't know how we missed him," he said.

"I don't know. I'm just heartbroken."

His sister, Margaret Linklater, told CBC News earlier this week that she was growing worried about Gordon's well-being, especially as the nights became colder.

Brass suffers from seizures, and Linklater has said she fears her brother may have had one and become disoriented. It was not like him to drop out of contact, she added.

RCMP are currently at the scene, gathering evidence. However, police have said they do not suspect foul play in Brass's disappearance.

The cause of Brass's death is not known at this time.


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