Police continue investigation of possible human remains
Remains being sent to Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Police continue to investigate a cabin fire in western Newfoundland that may have contained human remains.
Members of the RCMP's forensic identification section were at the scene in the Bonne Bay-Big Pond area on Wednesday morning, combing through the scene and collecting evidence.
Sgt. Marc Coloumbe said Deer Lake RCMP first responded to a fire at the cabin about 17 kilometres off of Route 430, near Wiltondale, around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
He said the cabin was already burned out when officers arrived, though some areas were still smouldering.
"Our officers on the scene thought [there were] what they believed at the time to be possibly human remains," he said.
"So they secured the scene and contacted our forensic identification section, and brought in one of our members who's trained in fire investigations. We also notified the Fire Commissioner's Office of the incident."
Coloumbe said there could have been up to three bodies.
"We're not experts in forensic pathology, so what we do is we'll take the remains and send them into the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. And of course we rely on their expertise of determining if in fact it's animal or human," he said.
The remains were being transported on Wednesday to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Coloumbe said it's still being treated as a criminal investigation.
"If we have human remains, we're going to try to find out in fact who this could've been, and who they were and when they were there. We've quite an investigation ahead of us, trying to piece this together."