Brian Carman Law, 29, was reported missing in May 1989. His family thought his body had never been found.
But a corpse was found later that year, pulled from the river hundreds of kilometers downstream in Coquitlam.
The corpse was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital for further forensic examination, but it remained unidentified, even after extensive efforts by police and coroners — until this week.
Bill Inkster, an identification specialist with the Identification and Disaster Response Unit said the match was finally made after an exhaustive post-mortem investigation using modern forensic analysis, in combination with an enhanced identification model developed by the unit.
Law's family has been notified. No cause of death was released by the coroner.