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Hong Kong police probe if body is missing Canadian

12/27/2011 08:51 EST | Updated 02/26/2012 05:12 EST

The sister of Joseph Basha, who was reported missing in Hong Kong last week, says her "beautiful, talented" brother has been found dead, but police have yet to verify that a body they located is the Canadian man.

Hong Kong police are expected to confirm Wednesday whether the body they found nearly a week ago is Basha, a student originally from Newfoundland and Labrador who disappeared on Dec. 21.

However, on the Facebook page of Cindy Basha, formerly of Newfoundland and Labrador but now living in Toronto, is a message posted early Tuesday saying her "beautiful, talented, sweet brother" was found dead last Wednesday.

"My brother was so loved and had such a significant impact on all of those who knew him," she wrote. "This was a such a tremendous loss for us all."

Contacted in Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, Cindy Basha also told CBC News that her sister and another brother, who are in Hong Kong, told her their brother's body was identified at the morgue.

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A police officer for the Hong Kong Report Centre who was contacted on Tuesday would not say whether the family has seen the body or give any other details.

The officer, who refused to give his name, said "no formal identification has yet been done," but that is expected Wednesday.

A police spokesman confirmed that a man aged 25 to 30 was found "collapsed inside a public toilet" in Yaumatei on the same day Basha disappeared, and he was "certified dead on the scene" with "no identity documents." An initial investigation suggested the death is not suspicious, police said.

Basha, also known as Joey, moved to Hong Kong from St. John's in 2008. He was studying international and public affairs at the University of Hong Kong.

Basha was also the lead singer of the band Milkteeth.

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