Police confirmed Tuesday at 4 p.m. the body has been identified as Collison.
The search for Clayton Collison, 20, came to a sad end for his family and friends Tuesday morning, after a body believed to be Collison was found in the Grand River.
“Just before 11 o’clock this morning, we did locate a body in the river,” Insp. Mike Haffner told CBC News.
Police said they are still working to officially identify the body, but Haffner said at this point they are “pretty confident” it was Collison, and the search effort was called off.
A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death, said Haffner.
According to a Facebook page set up by friends and family to organize search efforts, Collison left Bingemans and was walking towards the Shantz Hill area of Cambridge, a 12 to 14 kilometer walk that would have taken him between two-and-a-half and three hours to complete.
Collison was last seen walking along Victoria Street N. at around 2 a.m., said police. The body found was in the river south of Victoria Street by a set of railway tracks near Kolb Park.
Friends, family and strangers has been searching for Collison using the Breslau Community Centre as a base. Some had combed through the area on the weekend and were set up to keep searching on Tuesday.
The news that Collison’s body had been found left those volunteers feeling heartbroken and defeated. Many didn’t know Collison but said they had children the same age and wanted to help any way they could.
“It really goes to show the community of support in the region, when situations like this happen,” said Haffner. “Our thoughts and prayers go out with the family.”
Waterloo Regional Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Clayton Collison, 20 years old, from Cambridge. He was last seen Saturday October 7, 2017 at 2 a.m. walking on Victoria Street North, Kitchener. He is described as 61, 180 lbs., brown hair, last seen wearing beige and red plaid shirt, jeans and boat shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519-653-7700 ext 2299.