01/30/2015 10:57 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT

Roy Lynn Howe ID'd as dead man in 40-year-old cold case

Investigators have identified the body of a man in a 40-year-old cold case. 

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed Roy Lynn Howe was the man who was found deceased in Vancouver in July 1975. The body was taken to St. Paul's Hospital for a forensic examination, but police were unable to pinpoint his identity at the time. 

Howe, who was 26 at the time of his disappearance, was eventually reported missing to the RCMP in 2008. 

After an exhaustive post-mortem investigation made possible by modern forensic analysis, investigators finally confirmed Howe's identity in 2015 and have now notified his family. 

The coroners service did not provide any information about the cause of death. 

According to an obituary for Howe, he was born in the Southampton Hospital and raised in Saugeen Township, near Port Elgin, Ont. His family says Howe enjoyed playing baseball and hockey and was a gifted billiards player.

"The Howe family would like to express their appreciation to the Vancouver Police Department for their dedication and service in bringing closure to our family," the obituary read. 

His remains have been interred at Mountview Cemetery in Vancouver.