Recovered body could be Oilers prospect: Reports

Kristians Pelss skates during the 2012 Edmonton Oiler Rookie Camp held at Millennium Place in June...

Kristians Pelss skates during the 2012 Edmonton Oiler Rookie Camp held at Millennium Place in June 2012. (PERRY NELSON/EDMONTON SUN/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:49 PM ET

Reports out of Latvia say a body matching the description of Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss was recovered Friday.

Pelss disappeared without a trace earlier this week after reportedly jumping off a bridge.

The Pelss family has been asked to identify the body, according to Latvian news site Apollo. Another Latvian news source, Kas Jauns, supports Apollo's report, saying the discovered body is believed to be the 20-year-old.

Pelss, who played two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, supposedly jumped into the Daugava River near the capital city of Riga early Tuesday morning. His clothing was found at the scene but a search of the river failed to turn him up.

“The Edmonton Oil Kings organization, along with the NHL Edmonton Oilers, AHL Oklahoma City Barons and ECHL affiliate Stockton Thunder, is aware of the reports regarding Kristians Pelss going missing while visiting Riga, Latvia, this week,” a statement issued Thursday by the Oil Kings read. “There has been contradictory information reported, at times, and we are trying to confirm the facts. Once we are able to do that, we will be able to offer further comment.

“At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Pelss family.”

On Thursday, a search and rescue unit spokesperson told a third news outlet, LETA, a tip was sent in Tuesday morning in regards to someone jumping into Daugava River.

Police have confirmed the incident but could not provide LETA with information on Pelss. They did, however, say a family filed a disappearance report involving a 1992-born male earlier this week.

The Oilers picked Pelss in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in May, 2012. He split the 2012-13 season between Oklahoma City of the AHL and Stockton of the ECHL.

 


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