A week after they married, Josh Byrne and his wife, Bianca, were on their honeymoon traveling in Costa Rica where they planned to hit the country’s scenic trails.
But their trip took a tragic turn Friday as the newlyweds crossed a bridge in Playa Dominicalito and got caught in a flash flood, WCVB reports.
Bianca swam to shore. Josh was swept away.
Efforts to find the Hudson native came to a close Saturday when the Costa Rica Red Cross found his body early that afternoon, according to The Boston Globe.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have concluded our search for Josh,” said a statement from the family posted on a GoFundMe campaign. “After working around the clock, our search and rescue mission ended today with the recovery of Josh’s remains.”
Family of Hudson, Mass. native Josh Byrne say his body was recovered this afternoon by the Red Cross. The newlywed, married a week ago today, has been missing in Costa Rica since Thursday when he was swept away in a flash flooding during their honeymoon. pic.twitter.com/ee0TJurRAM
— Jonathan Ng (@JonathanNgBOS) October 13, 2018
The 30-year-old worked at SJC Custom Drums in Southbridge and was a fan of the Red Sox and Bruins, the Globe reports. He married Bianca on a New Hampshire farm the previous weekend.
Diane Hunt, Byrne’s aunt, told the newspaper the newlyweds were perfect together.
“They knew they were right for each other,” she said. “They just didn’t have enough time together.”
The GoFundMe campaign was created to “help the family cover costs for the logistics of a proper recovery and services.” As of Monday morning, over $19,600 had been raised — nearly four times as much as the initial $5,000 goal.
In their statement, the family offered thanks to the local community, Massachusetts politicians, the Red Cross, and the U.S. Embassy and State Department for their help in the search and recovery efforts.
In addition to his wife, Byrne leaves behind his mother, father, and brother, the Globe reports.
“Josh holds a special place in all of our hearts and will always be remembered for his helpful and caring demeanor, his ability to make friends in any setting, and his love for his wife, Bianca,” the family said.