RCMP places pig carcass in South Saskatchewan river
Research project to assist in locating drowning victims
The "F" Division Major Crime, Historical Case Unit (HCU), which is responsible for investigating unsolved murders and missing persons, attached a tracking and temperature monitoring device to the carcass.
Corporal Tyler Hadland said there are six missing people in Saskatchewan who the RCMP presume drowned, but no bodies have ever been found.
"The Saskatoon historical case unit has been annually searching the river by plane and by boat for the past number of years and we haven't been able to recover any of these bodies," he said. "So it's quite a mystery as far as where these bodies end up."
Corporal Hadland said he hopes this research will help give officers insight into where the bodies end up.
North Saskatchewan test
The first phase of the project took place in the fall of 2013, when a pig carcass was placed in the North Saskatchewan River in North Battleford. A week later, the carcass was found on a sand bar about 20 km from its starting point. The distance travelled, flow rate and temperature was collected and will be used in future missing person cases where a person is believed to have drowned in that river, the RCMP said.
The HCU has teamed up with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and will carry out the test a number of times at various water levels, flows and weather conditions in both the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers.