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Updated: Thu, 09 May 2013 22:37:43 GMT | By CBC News,

Winnipeg man missing for nearly 4 years found

A Winnipeg man who has been missing for nearly four years has finally been located, according to Winnipeg police.

Brent Staple was 33 years old when he went missing from his University Crescent apartment in June 2009.

He left behind his truck, cellphone and laptop, according to his family.

Staple's family searched for the man for years after his disappearance. They held fundraisers to get cash for their search and created Facebook pages and online websites to try and locate him.

His sister, Corrine Staple, told CBC News that a phone conversation she had with her brother on Wednesday night was surreal.

"I'm so happy he's alive and he is well," she said. "I'm so overwhelmed by everything right now."

Police did not say Thursday where Staple was found or where he had been for the past three years. Officers would only say he was “located safely” and the long-term file was resolved.

Corrine Staple said her brother did not say where he was, and he offered no details on why he left. She said she believes he is not in Manitoba.

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