Body of homicide victim Joshua Whalen found off Roaches Line

There's been a major development in two-year-old homicide and missing persons case, with the confirmation that the body discovered off Roaches Line is Joshua Whalen.

26-year-old last seen alive on Cabot Street in August 2014

Joshua Whalen, 26, seemingly vanished from a residential neighbourhood in the west end of St. John's in August 2014. (Submitted by Darlene Dunne)

There's been a major development in a two-year-old homicide and missing persons case with confirmation that the body discovered off Roaches Line is that of Joshua Whalen.

Remains were discovered on a side road off Roaches Line, in Newfoundland's Conception Bay North, last Friday.

RCMP handed the investigation over to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, which confirmed Friday that the remains belong to Whalen.

Whalen, 26, disappeared in August 2014, more than a month after an acquaintance of his — Bobby Pitcher, 31 — was found murdered at the end of a quiet street in Paradise.

RNC and RCMP vehicles converged on the New Line Road area off Roaches Line on Oct. 14, after human remains were discovered. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

Sources told CBC News at the time that Pitcher had been shot.

Originally, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary considered Whalen a missing person who was last seen in the area of Anspach Street in the west end of St. John's.

Less than a year later, the RNC ruled Whalen's case a homicide, despite never having found his body.

Police also linked Pitcher's death to Whalen's case.

At that time, the RNC said Whalen had last been seen in downtown St. John's, on Cabot Street.

The RNC believe that the killer knew both Pitcher and Whalen.

The body of Robert (Bobby) Pitcher was located in Paradise in July 2014. (Facebook)

A tip line was established, and the case seemingly went quiet — until a body was found last week.

In an interview with CBC News in December 2014, Whalen's mother Darlene Dunne said she had heard rumours her son was shot and his body was left outside of St. John's.

Whalen has a criminal record and spent time in a federal institution in New Brunswick. He also struggled with addiction. 

So far no arrests have been made in connection to the deaths of Pitcher or Whalen. 

Joshua Whalen, 26, was reported missing by his mother in August 2014. (Facebook)