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A body recovered from the McIntyre River by Ontario Provincial Police on Thursday in Thunder Bay is a 14 year-old First Nation boy who had been missing
The boy from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) has been missing in the city since May 6.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation confirmed it was Begg later Friday afternoon.
“Everything points in the direction that it is in fact him,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The height, the weight, his clothing, his watch, his wallet, everything matches.”
The OPP recovered a body from the McIntyre River on Thursday evening, but did not release any identifying details.
The OPP unit was initially called in to assist in the search for Begg.
Begg’s mother describes him as smart, outgoing and very determined. He had just arrived in the city with his father for counselling appointments the day he was last seen.
“We are in a lot of pain and sorrow about the outcome and the result when Josiah was found,” said Begg’s grandfather Mike McKay “We had hoped for a better outcome but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Thunder Bay’s criminal investigations branch has secured the scene and is awaiting the results of the postmortem.
“We still have lots of answers that we need to get. We started a search of the area with our tactical unit looking for anything on the shores and we’ll start working our way back from where the body was located,” said Hughes.
The city’s police service has been under fire over the handling of a recent death and missing First Nations youth.
Tammy Keeash, 17, was found dead in a floodway on May 7. Police ruled there was no foul play.
Earlier Thursday, police issued a press release stating “this is not the time for pointing fingers. It is time to join hands and work towards our common goals of finding answers.”
On Wednesday First Nations leaders held a press conference saying they had no confidence in the police to conduct thorough investigations.