The body of Eugene Losik, who went missing Feb. 20, was found in Boston Harbor earlier this month, his father said last night.
Somebody reported to police on Nov. 8 that they saw a body floating in the water at Rowes Wharf in Boston. The body was recovered and DNA testing revealed it was the 25-year-old Lawrence resident, said his father, Vlad Losik.
Boston police contacted the family a few days after the body was found and informed them that it was their son, Vlad Losik said.
While the recovery brought closure to Eugene Losik's family and friends, it also brought devastation because it crushed any hope of him being found safe.
"We still were hoping," his father said.
Eugene Losik disappeared without a trace on Feb. 20. Known as Gene, he had been out celebrating a birthday in Faneuil Hall with friends and returned to the Marriott Long Wharf Marriott, where he was staying, around midnight.
He went on a walk with a friend shortly thereafter and returned to the hotel at 1 a.m. He was last seen on security camera footage leaving the hotel's back entrance alone at 2:24 a.m.
Numerous news outlets covered the story of the search for Eugene Losik as his family and friends pleaded with the public to help find him. Their website, findgenelosik.com, last had an entry on Nov. 3 showing a television news interview with his parents.
The medical examiner hasn't yet informed police of the identity of the person found in the harbor on Nov. 8, according to Boston police Officer Eddy Chrispin, who works in the media relations unit.
Officers responded to the area of Rowes Warf following the report of a body in the water at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8, Chrispin said. Massport and the Boston Fire Department responded, and they found human remains near the Congress Street bridge, Chrispin said.
Chrispin said he didn't have a report indicating the cause of death.
Eugene Losik would have turned 26 last Wednesday. His family is planning a celebration of his life on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.
Losik worked as an electrical engineer at Raytheon. He graduated from North Andover High School in 2003 and from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008.
He is survived by his parents, Zhanna and Vlad, his sister, Anya, his girlfriend, Caitlin McGovern, and several extended family members, according to his obituary.