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Missing 17-year-old recovered

Search crews have recovered missing 17-year-old Aaron Thir who was swept away by the Beaver River on Saturday.
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Search crews have located the body of missing 17-year-old Aaron Thir.

COLD LAKE - The body of missing Aaron Thir has been recovered. 

Cold Lake RCMP have confirmed that the body of 17-year-old Thir was located in the water of the Beaver River. 

At approximately 7:43 p.m. on June 9, RCMP, with the assistance of the Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society, found the teen who had been missing since Saturday, June 5. 

Chris Kent-Rodgman notified the community on behalf of the family through the social media page 'Finding Aaron' late Wednesday night that the 17-year-old's body had been recovered by search crews. 

Thir was swept away by the Beaver River while fishing with his brother on the morning of June 5. 

After days of searching using air, land, and water equipment, his body was located by divers last night. Cold Lake RCMP, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Cold Lake Fire Rescue, Cold Lake and Lloydminister search and rescue teams, and the Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society, among hundreds of civilian volunteers were involved in the search. 

"It has been a difficult week," Kent-Rodgman said in the Wednesday evening post. "Aaron has been found."

He continued, "It is not the conclusion we had all hoped for, but he is home again, and the processing of this profound grief can begin... From all of us, rest easy little brother."

A GoFundMePage has been created to assist the family with funeral costs. 

Story updated at 11:10 a.m. on June 10. 

Meagan MacEachern, Bonnyville Nouvelle