Body identified as missing Hope fisherman

A body found in the Fraser River near Abbotsford on Aug. 13 has been identified.

  • Aug. 30, 2012 7:00 a.m.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after falling into the Fraser River while fishing.

Sixty-six-year-old Hope resident Herbert Wells was fishing from rocks on the banks of the Fraser River about three kilometres north of Yale on July 28 when he slipped and fell into the river. An extensive search was mounted immediately, but the body was not located.

On Aug. 13, 2012, a body was found in the Fraser River at Abbotsford. The body was located in a two-foot wide channel of the river between a large boom and a barge from the Mainland Sand and Gravel Quarry.Further investigation confirmed the body was that of Wells.

The Coroners Service is continuing to investigate this death.