A newlywed man’s family has confirmed he was found dead during his honeymoon after apparently drowning in floodwaters earlier this month.
According to ABC News, Hudson, Massachusetts, resident Josh Byrne and his wife, Bianca, traveled to Costa Rica after their wedding and he disappeared a short time later after attempting to drive over a flooded bridge.
The couple had been staying in Playa Dominicalito when the water swept their car away and Josh was unable to swim to shore.
One family friend said that the incident occurred after a flash flood, adding that Josh “got swept away while Bianca made it across.”
A brief search ended on Saturday with the discovery of his body, as reported by the Boston Herald.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have concluded our search for Josh,” his family revealed in a statement on Saturday. “After working around the clock, our search and rescue mission ended today with the recovery of Josh’s remains.”
Josh’s cousin, Nick Gibson, told local reporters that he had trouble comprehending the loss.
“They just got married and this was their honeymoon that they spent all this money on and now a few days into it and this happens,” he said.
The deceased man’s loved ones offered gratitude for help from American officials and organizations, including the U.S. Embassy and Red Cross.
His family remembered him “for his helpful and caring demeanor, his ability to make friends in any setting, and his love for his wife, Bianca.”
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