12/28/2011 10:33 EST

Canadian Confirmed Dead In Hong Kong


Hong Kong police confirmed Wednesday that a body found last week in a public toilet is Joey Basha, a Canadian who had been living in the city on China's south coast since 2008.

A police duty officer told CBC News that an investigation following the discovery of the body will continue.

Basha, a student and musician originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, disappeared Dec. 21 after going out to get some takeout food.

The police confirmation came a day after Basha's sister, Toronto resident Cindy Basha, wrote on her Facebook page that her "beautiful, talented" brother has been found dead.

"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."

Basha also told CBC News on Tuesday that her sister and another brother, who took a flight to Hong Kong earlier this week, told her their brother's body was identified at the morgue.

Earlier this week, a police spokesman said 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 was 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.