The body of a nine-year-old boy who went missing after entering Winnipeg's Red River was discovered by a police dive team on Sunday.

"We're feeling pretty distraught," said Celena Genaille, a family member of the boy. "We're happy he was found, now our family can get closure, and we can hopefully start the process of healing."

Winnipeg police said Darius Bezecki was last seen alive in the Red River by the Louise Bridge around 4:37 p.m. Friday. Later that evening, the police search was deemed a recovery mission.

"It is incredibly sad, and the outcome no one was looking for," said Const. Jay Murray of the Winnipeg Police Service. "Our thoughts are with his family."

It is believed Darius was on a bike ride with two siblings and a friend when the boys entered the river on the north bank. The three other boys made it out of the river.

Police employed the use of drones, boats, dive teams and general patrol officers during the search.

The family said a local fisherman found Darius' body in the river and called police.

"I want to thank the fisherman who found him," said Genaille. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much."

The medical examiner will be reviewing the body for the next two days, and family won't be able to see Darius until then.

The family described Darius as a cheerful little boy who loved to play outdoors and visit with his Grandparents.

"He'll truly be missed by everybody who knew him," said Genaille. 

-With files from CTV's Mike Arsenault