The body of a Calgary man who was swept away by the Peace River near Hudson’s Hope, BC last month has now been recovered, according to the organizer of a GoFundMe campaign for his family.
According to the page, Kingma had gone fishing with his friends when he unexpectedly got swept up by the Peace River’s strong current. He fought to swim to back up before being taken under.
“It is with great sadness but also great relief for the family to report that Aaron’s body was found on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, shortly after 7 pm,” writes Angie Patterson, organizer of the GoFundMe and a family friend. “He was spotted by a local family who lives along the Peace River not far from where Aaron went under.”
Patterson adds she is grateful to the family who found him, and “with their quick thinking they were able to assist RCMP and bringing closure to our grieving family and friends.”
“RCMP worked with the family to positively identify his body,” she added.
Speaking to Daily Hive last month, RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, said the search had been called off, but that the case remained open.
Although the RCMP would not confirm the man’s identity at the time, the GoFundMe page campaign identified the missing person as Aaron Kingma, a husband and the father to two young daughters.
With his body now recovered, “we are now able to start making arrangements to bring Aaron home and lay him to rest,” Patterson writes. “Thank you for all your love, support, and contributions to Andrea and the girls.”