11/20/2014 11:16 EST | Updated 01/20/2015 05:59 EST

Police Identify Body Of Hamilton Man Who Went Missing 30 Years Ago

Police have made a breakthrough in a 30-year-old missing person’s case and identified the remains of Hamilton man David Nixon.

For decades, Nixon’s body sat in an unmarked grave in Toronto. But in October, Ontario Provincial Police told Hamilton police that they had a DNA match for Nixon from a body that was pulled from Lake Ontario about a month after he went missing in 1984.

The body was never identified at the time. Now, police are investigating the circumstances of his death and the discovery of his remains.

It's not clear why the body found then was never tied to Nixon's disappearance.

Nixon was last seen by his uncle on the corner of King and James in Hamilton on July 6, 1984. On that summer day, Nixon’s uncle invited him for coffee but he declined, and said he was running late to meet someone else.

He then walked westbound on King Street West from James Street. He wasn’t seen again. Police say Nixon had no criminal background and was religious.

Nixon was 23 when he disappeared.

More to come.

Also on HuffPost

Photo gallery Missing Children See Gallery