NANAIMO, B.C. -- A Nanaimo expatriate living in Mexico has been found dead, tied to a tree with his own belt around his neck.
The death of Ron MacKintosh, 64, was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The mother of his two children, Joan MacKintosh, said his son and daughter are devastated.
"We have just received the news," his ex-wife of 15 years said.
Foreign Affairs issued a statement Wednesday saying their thoughts are with MacKintosh's loved ones. Canadian and Mexican officials are investigating the death and providing consular assistance to the family. The results of an autopsy are not yet known.
MacKintosh went missing along with his 2008 Jeep Patriot on Oct. 21. A friend of MacKintosh's, Brian MacDonald, kept in constant contact with him after his retirement to Mexico.
MacDonald said MacKintosh, a gentle person by nature, had always dreamed of retiring under the sun.
MacKintosh had left home without his passport or identification to visit a friend in Melaque.
MacDonald said his friend's hands had been bound and his belt removed from his pants to tie his neck to a tree.
"It was just a matter of driving home, being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a good vehicle. He was abducted and taken into a back road."
-- The Canadian Press