The Surete du Quebec, provincial police, said Wednesday a DNA comparison identified the body, which was badly burned, as Collin Anthony Williams, 38, The (Montreal) Gazette reported. The body was discovered in a wooded area north of Trois-Rivieres, about 100 miles to the northeast of Montreal.
Yannick Ouimet, a spokesman for the Montreal police, said he was unsure when investigators entered Williams' DNA in a database.
"DNA can take 12 to 18 months unless it is an emergency," he said. "This is not CSI Miami, where everything takes place within 24 hours."
Williams, a hospital worker who lived in Chateauguay, a suburb of Montreal, was reported missing the day before a driver discovered the body. His family said he visited his mother in the LaSalle borough of Montreal and had planned to visit a local bar.
For almost two years, his family hoped he was still alive while the body, burned beyond recognition, lay in the Montreal morgue. Investigators said they believe he was a homicide victim.