Sources in Canada have confirmed the victim found in a pond last week is Ephraigm Flores, 23 of Toronto.
Flores, a Licensed Practical Nurse, went missing after departing from a music festival in Vancouver near Richmond on December 26th.
Nearly a week later, mounted police in that district discovered the body of an athletic Filipino male in a semi-frozen pond of Garden City Park.
A spokesman for Richmond's RCMP said the identity of the drowned young man has not been officially confirmed by a coroner yet, pending the results of an autopsy.
However, the family of Ephraigm Flores told reporters this week that the victim recovered on New Year's eve is definitely their missing loved one:
"Now, we found him," a relative speaking on their behalf announced online. "But the situation was not what the family expected.”
Flores' missing persons case is still considered open, although Canadian officials have already stated that neither his disappearance on Boxing Day nor his subsequent drowning seems suspicious to them.