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UPDATE: Missing person found dead in Fort St. James

Search for Janos Joseph ends in tragedy

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.

RCMP in Fort St. James confirm Janos Joseph was found dead by Search and Rescue, late Monday afternoon.

On Facebook, Ruby Prince thanked everyone who supported search efforts for her cousin.

“The pain is unbearable,” she wrote. “The comfort comes only in knowing he is found.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The search continues in Fort St. James for Janos Joseph.

Fort St. James Search and Rescue announced on Facebook it was active and looking on Sunday, Nov. 28.

The 28-year-old Yekooche First Nation man has not been seen since Nov. 20.

“Joseph was last seen in the community, but despite efforts to locate him, he remains missing,” Fort St. James RCMP said in a news release.

“Police and family are concerned for his well-being.”

A community search starting from the Sana’aih Market began at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

Read More: Search efforts continue for missing Yekooche man last seen in Fort St. James

Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, located adjacent to Fort St. James, is assisting with search efforts.

“If you see people looking in your yards or smokehouse it is just some of the Nak’azdli Emergency Operations volunteers,” Nak’azdli Whut’en wrote on Facebook, asking property owners also to check their sheds.

Family members have pleaded on social media for anyone with information to reach out.

Joseph’s cousin Ruby Prince said her mind keeps racing with countless thoughts.

“So grateful for all who have and are looking,” Prince posted on Facebook.

“I don’t know what to do next. We need to find him. Please, if you have seen him or know anything, come forward.”

Joseph is described as an Indigenous male, five foot five, with a slender build, brown eyes and black hair. His family said he usually wears a ball cap.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Fort St. James RCMP at 250-996-8269.

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