'They took too long': No skull found during police dive in Red River
'It might have moved. Maybe they missed it,' Kyle Kematch of Drag the Red says
Police divers have searched the bottom of the Red River for a possible skull spotted on video recorded by Drag the Red volunteers, but only found a large cow bone and rocks.
Kyle Kematch directed divers to the location under the Disraeli Bridge where he recorded the skull-like image with a Go Pro camera on Aug. 30.
"There was a large cow bone and also several rocks that may have been the source of what appeared to be a skull, however there was no skull found," a police spokesperson said in an email after the Sept. 28 dive.
Kematch commended the effort but says he and others are convinced a skull is still down there.
"The video itself speaks for itself and from my point of view, I think they took too long," he said. "It might have moved. Maybe they missed it."
Kematch, who searches the Red River for remains of Manitoba's missing and murdered, took the video to police on Aug. 30. He is still frustrated it took more than four weeks for police to try to retrieve the object.
In September, Winnipeg police told CBC News the dive team had to wait for the right combination of conditions and resources to deploy the team.
Kematch still believes it was a missed opportunity.
He plans to find the object in the video again next year. He wonders if it's remains from someone "on the list of the missing," such as his sister Amber Guiboche, who disappeared from Winnipeg in 2010.
"They want me to feel like I'm wasting my time, but I'm not," Kematch said. "It helps me knowing that I'm doing the best I can to bring closure for myself or somebody else."