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Body ID’d as missing man

William James Kent, 63, went missing in April 2013.

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William James Kent, 63, went missing in April 2013. (MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE)

The human remains found in Queen Elizabeth Park have been identified as the body of William James Kent, who went missing last spring.

The Brandon Police Service confirmed today that the human remains found on Tuesday were those of the 63-year-old missing man after an ongoing investigation by city cops and the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The body, found frozen to the ground under a cover of winter snow, was removed from the scene late yesterday afternoon and transported to a medical facility in Winnipeg where an autopsy was performed earlier today. The autopsy confirmed the identity.

Kent's family reported him missing from their Park Avenue home on April 24, 2013.

Kent was last seen by a family member prior to midnight and noticed missing from the residence at 3:30 am, not having returned by morning. Over the months that followed, attempts made to locate Kent by police and other resources had been unsuccessful.

A local landscaping company equipment operator, contracted to clear deadfall in the area as a result of the 2011 flood, discovered the remains on Tuesday and reported the finding to police.

See Saturday's Brandon Sun for full story

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