The body of Richard Martin Racicot, 18, was found Tuesday afternoon during a search near the community of Stony Mountain, Man. (RCMP)
An 18-year-old man who went missing after attending a social gathering on Saturday night has been found dead, RCMP said on Tuesday.
Richard Martin Racicot hadn't been seen nor heard from since 11:30 p.m. CT Saturday, when he was attending a social at the community centre in Stony Mountain, Man., about 11 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
Racicot was located dead shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday , RCMP have confirmed.
Sgt. Line Karpish said in a press release that his body was found on private property at the end of School Road just east of Stony Mountain. The property owner was participating in a ground search to locate Racicot when he was found, Karpish said.
It's about a five minute walk from the community centre to where Racicot was found, according to CBC News reporter Conor Lloyd, who was in the community and filing reports.
Police and his family had issued a public plea to help locate him on Monday evening, saying it was unlike Racicot to not get in touch with them. The family has asked for privacy after being told of Racicot's death, Karpish said.
"Clearly the Racicots are devastated by this," Karpish said.
"This has been really difficult for them. And right now they need to make the proper notification ... within their own family and go from there. I can't even imagine what it's like to lose a child," she said.
RCMP did not immediately comment on a suspected cause of death, but said foul play is not suspected.
An autopsy is scheduled to take place in Winnipeg "in the coming days," Karpish said.