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Police confirm human remains are those of Brian Boucher

Human remains discovered by the highway south-east of Hay River have been confirmed as those of Brian Boucher.

The 52-year-old, from Fort Smith, had not been seen since October 25. Police launched a new search for Boucher last month.

His family believed he had been driving home from Hay River, in his black 1998 Ford F150, at the time of his disappearance.

On Wednesday, his family launched an online fundraiser for travel to Boucher’s funeral, saying his body had been found. The office of the territory’s chief coroner confirmed the news on Thursday.

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“Although the cause of death has not been determined, foul play is not suspected. The investigation is continuing,” said RCMP in a statement.

Police had been called to a gravel pit by the side of Highway 5, heading south to Fort Smith from Hay River, earlier in the week. There, they found human remains in a vehicle submerged in a pool.

“Brian was a kind, giving, hard-working man,” said his wife, Iris.

“His family always came first and he would give the shirt off of his back to help anybody.”

Sergeant Eric Lane, from the NWT’s major crimes unit, said: “A great deal of concern was expressed by the public when Mr Boucher was reported missing. Efforts were made to locate Brian, not only by police, but by members of the public.

“It is unfortunate that he has been found deceased. Our condolences are with Mr Boucher’s family and the community.”

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