Authorities confirmed this weekend that it was 26-year-old Daniel Ha whose body was found floating in the water near Pier 22 last November.
On Oct. 30, Ha disappeared after leaving work early, claiming he had a headache. He called in sick the next day and was last seen leaving his apartment in a rush on Halloween evening.
He was never seen or heard from again.
Two weeks later, on Nov. 11, authorities found a body floating in the water near the Golden Gate Bridge; Ha's family was certain it was Daniel, although the coroner had to run DNA tests and couldn't confirm that until now.
“The next of kin have been notified, and the case is under investigation, with the cause and manner of death pending,” says Christopher Wirowek, acting Medical Examiner.
After the body was discovered by the Coast Guard, Ha's family said that authorities confirmed the clothes, wallet contents, and phone found with the body matched those of Ha's personal belongings. Joseph Ha, Daniel's brother, released the following statement after that discovery:
We have no reason to believe that this was a suicide. Dan has never indicated having any intention of harming himself. Dan did not leave a note, had scheduled a doctor’s appointment the morning of his disappearance, and was scheduled to attend a work event the next day. On his desk was even a note to return a shirt he had recently purchased.
A memorial was held that week.
On Sunday, Ha's family finally got the closure they needed.
Our family has just received word from the Medical Examiner that the results of the DNA test have come in and Dan has been confirmed as the deceased. Autopsy results may not be released for another 4 months.
We are relieved that Dan will be returning to us so his body can finally put to rest. We will always be thankful for the support of all of you and the many friends who knew Dan, and we hope that his legacy of love will continue to live inside of us all.