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Murder charges laid after victim missing for 17-years identified in Port Burwell case

More than three months after human remains were found outside of Port Burwell, Ont., the Ontario Provincial Police have identified the victim and charged a 45-year-old Norfolk County man with first-degree murder.

OPP say the victim is Ashley Max Domenic Pereira of Mississauga, missing since 2002

The bluffs on Lakeshore Line at Stafford Line outside of Port Burwell are a popular gathering for camp fires and dumping garbage. A body was found in the area on May 6, 2019. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

More than three months after human remains were found outside of Port Burwell, Ont., the Ontario Provincial Police have identified the victim and charged a 45-year-old Norfolk County man with first-degree murder. 

Chad Reu-Waters, 45, is also charged with causing an indignity to a dead body. 

The deceased has been identified as Ashley Max Domenic Pereira, of Mississauga, who was 34 when he disappeared in 2002. 

Pereira is listed as missing by Interpol, the international policing agency. His place of birth is listed as Uganda, according to Interpol, and he also holds Canadian citizenship. 

Ashley Max Dominic Pereira has been identified as the person whose remains were found outside of Port Burwell in May. (Interpol)

Const. Sarah Patten, of Peel Regional Police, told CBC News that Perreira's family didn't file a missing persons report with the police service until Feb. 7, 2014. 

"A dispute had occurred between the family, and Mr. Perreira had left the family on his own accord, which I assume is why the missing persons report didn't get filed until many years later. The family was concerned ... they hadn't spoken to him in so long, so they decided to file a missing persons report with us."

On May 6, a passerby reported finding human remains in a rural area outside the beach community of Port Burwell. Human remains and a large appliance were removed from the area by OPP in the following days. 

Reu-Waters' son, Samuel Waters, 22, is also implicated in the case.

On May 9, he was arrested and charged with offering an indignity to human remains. He was released from jail on bail.