A gruesome discovery by a recreational boater in Lesser Slave River turned out to be the body of a young woman from Spruce Grove. Nicole Brendan Robar, 21, had been reported missing on Aug. 1 from the city west of Edmonton. Just a day after the news release went out asking for help locating her, a boater called Slave Lake RCMP, informing them he’d come across a body in the river. This was on Saturday. Aug 5.
The Aug. 6 release on the discovery said police believe the body to be Robar’s, but it had yet to be confirmed.
On Friday, it was, following an autopsy report.
The Aug. 11 update didn’t add much more, except that Robar’s death, “has been determined to be suspicious,” and that a search of the river for further evidence was being conducted.
According to a release from Spruce Grove RCMP, Robar had last been seen in that community on July 14. Police had reason to believe she might be living in Slave Lake. She might have been, but not for long. Now it’s up to Slave Lake RCMP to find out what happened while she was there.
“Investigators are asking anyone with information who has had contact with Nicole Robar since July 8, 2017 to please contact the Slave Lake RCMP at 780-849-3045,” says the Aug. 6 release.
Sgt. Marlene Brown of the Slave Lake detachment estimates the body was found 12 to 15 kilometres down the river from town. As for what might have happened, she would not speculate.