York Regional Police have identified the body discovered near a trail system Oct. 26 in Aurora as Eric Harden.
The 32-year-old Newmarket resident had been the subject of police alerts since he was reported missing June 30. He was last seen July 6 in the Wellington Street East and Mavrinac Trail area in Aurora.
Police responded to a call Oct. 26 shortly before 4 p.m. regarding a body located in a tent in the trail system off John West Way, north of Wellington Street East.
A cause of death has not been determined, but foul play is not suspected and the death is not considered suspicious in nature.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police No. 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.
Harden’s family released the following statement on Facebook:
It is with profound sadness that we let our friends and family know of the passing of our beloved son Eric James Harden.
As most of you know, Eric has been missing for nearly 4 months and York Regional Police have been working tirelessly to find our son. We know many of you also helped with the search and shared social media posts and for that we are so grateful. However, the search for our son ended this past Saturday and we take comfort in knowing that Eric passed away peacefully.
Our family would like to thank everyone for their concern, compassion and prayers through these very difficult months. We would like to also express our deepest gratitude to the Detectives and Officers of the York Regional Police, and in particular, District 1 – CIB Division who worked exhaustively in finding our son.
As we grieve the loss of our son, we would like to ask everyone to continue to help families and police in locating missing persons everywhere.
York Regional Police are seeking public assistance in locating a missing Newmarket man who was last seen June 30.
Eric Harden, 32, was last seen a few weeks ago at a residence on Flanagan Street in Newmarket.
The white male is described as 6 feet and 1 inch tall, 130 pounds, thin build, and has short red hair. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue running shoes, carrying a red ‘Goodlife’ bag.
Anyone with any information about Harden’s whereabouts is asked to call police.