Couple hopes discovery of human remains can bring closure in Sagkeeng
Police working to identify human jaw found in backyard
A couple living on the Sagkeeng First Nation hope the discovery of a human jaw in their backyard on Monday can bring closure to someone missing a loved one.
"I'm really lost for words — like I can't describe how I really feel, just sad, hurt," Larry Wassaykeesic told CBC in an interview outside his home on Wednesday.
He says the woods are an area where dogs frequently play with bones, so he didn't immediately realize what he had found.
"I thought it was something else, maybe a dog's bone, a pug's jaw bone or something by the looks of it," he said.
Remains likely not historical
"Really grim for me, for my kids, 'cause my kids are always playing around barefoot or running around in the yard playing with stuff."
The remains have not yet been identified, an RCMP spokesperson said, adding they are not believed to be "historical."
Several RCMP officers including members of the force's forensic team continued to scour the woods and bush next door to Wassaykeesic's home off Highway 11 on Wednesday afternoon.
They worked in a ditch as people living in homes next door went to and from their properties.
Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson says there are people from the community still missing, and because of that Wassaykeesic's wife, Robin Fontaine, hopes the discovery could lead to closure: "Hopefully it'll bring at least some peace to a family."
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is working with RCMP to identify the remains.
More from CBC Manitoba:
- A previous version of this story said a body had been found. Rather than a complete body, what was found was a human jaw.Jul 25, 2018 4:15 PM CT