Unlikely to be anyone local, says RCMP
On Oct. 6, somebody out walking in the jack pines area outside of Slave Lake came across what RCMP are calling ‘human remains.’
The condition of these remains was not mentioned in the official communications, but it can be inferred that the gender of the person was not immediately obvious. That would have been left up to the medical examiner, who was due to perform an autopsy on Oct. 9.
Otherwise, police are asking for information. Slave Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. John Spaans told The Leader last week that based on missing persons reports, it is unlikely to be somebody from the Slave Lake area. Not that there aren’t unsolved missing persons cases in Slave Lake; it’s just that none are recent enough to be the body in question. (If it is a body.)
“We’re looking into it,” Spaans said.
So is the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, bringing its provincial resources to bear on the case.
The jack pines area is popular for a number of reasons, one of them being a dumping ground for people who choose not to use the approved methods. Berry picking and ATV and dirt-bike riding are two others, there being lots of sand and relatively open country. There are a lot of oil wells in the area, meaning easy road access. It is common to find old unwanted appliances, furniture, cars and other junk. But human remains – nobody expects to find that.
Two days after the autopsy last week, Spaans said he still hadn’t heard any results.
“I know they are waiting for lab results,” he said. “That process starts today.”
As to a more precise location of the grisly find, Spaans said it was “definitely the jack pines.” He indicated a turn-off to the right off Hwy. 88 just south of the golf course access.