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Second body found

Derek Neary
Northern News Services

Fort Simpson (July 11/05) - After more than two weeks of intensive searching, crews felt a mix of relief and sorrow when they spotted a body ensnared in driftwood in the North Nahanni River on July 7.

It's suspected the deceased is Fred Hardisty of Fort Simpson, last seen with David Horesay at a cabin approximately 20 km up-river on June 12. Jonas Antoine, one of the community members involved in the search, said some volunteers in a boat made the discovery around 6:30 p.m.

"There was crying, but at the same time, relief," Antoine said. "Thank God, we can rest a little bit now... he's not going to be gone forever."

RCMP Cpl. Al Shepherd said the body will be sent to Edmonton for autopsy where dental and medical records will be used to determine the identity. That information should be available by mid-to-late week, said Shepherd.

Horesay's funeral was to be held Saturday, July 9. Both he and Hardisty have been described as excellent bushmen and capable carpenters.

"They were rugged guys living a rugged life," said Antoine. "They loved it out there (at the North Nahanni) and they looked forward to being out there."