British Columbia

Man pleads guilty to neglecting body found at grow-op

A B.C. man has pled guilty to neglecting a dead body after police looking for a grow-op found human remains buried on a property in Maple Ridge.

A B.C. man has pled guilty to neglecting a dead body after police looking for a grow-op found human remains buried on a property in Maple Ridge.

Stuart Gardner, 55, has been released after serving 27 days in jail and will serve out a conditional sentence for the next three months.

RCMP Supt. Dave Walsh said that in conducting the search for a marijuana grow-op on June 24, a police dog uncovered the shallow grave.

Walsh said the remains inside have been identified as Robert Trouton, 52.

He said Trouton's cause of death is still being investigated and that foul play has not been ruled out.

Gardner may also face drug charges involving the pot found on the property.