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Body of missing Nfld. man found near Agassiz, B.C.

09/10/2011 05:06 EDT | Updated 11/10/2011 05:12 EST

On Friday afternoon, two fishermen on the Harrison River found the body of Christopher Hannaford, a Newfoundland man who went missing the week before.

A police press release issued by Cst. Tracy Wolbeck out of Agassiz, B.C., stated that the body was discovered "a short distance from where police suspected he entered the water."

"The location of the body was only accessible by boat and took several hours for police and Search and Rescue to retrieve the body and bring him to shore," Wolbeck said.

Hannaford, 27, was originally from the Goulds area of St. John's and had been living in Surrey, B.C., for several years. He went missing from the Harrison Lake area while on a camping trip.

A large-scale search for Hannaford had been on going since his disappearance a week before, at 11:30 p.m. on Sept 3.

Police said Hannaford was last seen on a gravel bar approximately 800 metres long and seven metres wide at the base of Mount Woodside on the southeast bank of the Harrison River, near the Old Orchard Campground at 1401 Kennedy Road in Agassiz.

Hannaford's brother had arrived from Newfoundland on Thursday and was able to assist police in making a positive identification on Friday.

"Although this is a very sad ending to a long and involved search, Chris's family now has the closure they need to move on," Wolbeck said.

Police stated previously that foul play was not suspected in Hannaford's disappearance. On Saturday, police stated that a cause of death will not be released until a coroner conducts an examination.

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