Missing Fort Smith man found deceased near Highway 5

Missing Fort Smith man found deceased near Highway 5
The body of Brian Boucher was located last week in a pond off the road to Fort Smith.Photo: courtesy of RCMP.

After nine months of searching, the family and friends of a Fort Smith man who went missing last October finally have some closure. Brian Boucher, 52, was located deceased on the afternoon of Monday, July 6 in his vehicle. The truck was found submerged in a pond at a gravel pit off Highway 5 toward Fort Smith.

RCMP could not immediately confirm the deceased’s identity, but revealed Friday morning following an investigation by the NWT Coroner’s Office that the remains were those of Boucher.

“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,” stated Sgt. Eric Lane of the Northwest Territories Major Crimes Unit.

Boucher’s wife Iris Lalonde Boucher confirmed last week that her husband had been found via an online fundraising site, created to raise money to cover the funeral costs and help family travel to Edmonton for the memorial service.

“My husband, Brian Boucher, went missing 9 months ago. He has finally been found,” she wrote.

On the page, Lalonde expressed her thanks to those who had assisted in the search.

“Brian was a kind, giving, hard-working man. His family always came first and he would give the shirt off of his back to help anybody.

“Thank you for the support that we have received.”

To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/yvx3qg

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