THE body of an Irishman missing in Canada since St Patrick's Day has been found.
David Christian (27), originally from Clonshaugh in north Dublin, was reported missing by his friends in the ski resort of Whistler, two hours north of Vancouver, following celebrations last weekend.
The alarm was raised by his friends after he failed to show up in Vancouver to meet a friend. He was last seen around 11pm on St Patrick's Day after socialising with a large group of friends at Merlin's Bar and Grill at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, where he had been living and working for over two years. A search and rescue team searched the area and located Mr Christian's body in Horstman Creek.
"He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him," his aunt, Paula, said. "There are people writing on his Facebook page and everyone is saying the same, that they never met such a gentle giant."
He is survived by his mother Marie, his stepfather Michael, and his older brothers Andrew and Robert. His father, Mick, died at 46 when David was 15.
Early indications at the scene were that Mr Christian may have died from hypothermia but a post-mortem is due to be carried out, police said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Mr Christian's remains had been found and they are now giving consular assistance to his family.