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22 Oct 2010, 11:40 #1


RCMP seek to identify human remains found on coast of Grand Manan Island
Published Thursday October 21st, 2010

FREDERICTON - Police in New Brunswick are trying to identify human remains discovered on the coast of Grand Manan Island.

RCMP were called to the community of Castalia on Friday, Oct. 15 after a beachcomber discovered skeletal remains along the eastern shoreline.

The remains were taken to the Saint John Regional Hospital for a forensic examination.

The coroner's office will try to determine the identity, cause of death and approximately when the death occurred.

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04 Nov 2010, 12:03 #3


More human bones found on Grand Manan
Grand Manan RCMP suspect skeletal remains from same person
Last Updated: Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 5:42 AM AT
CBC News

A beachcomber found more human bones on a New Brunswick shoreline Tuesday.

RCMP in Charlotte County said the discovery on Grand Manan's Castalia Beach was made within two kilometres of the site of human skeletal remains discovered on Oct. 15.

While RCMP are waiting for DNA tests to confirm if they are from the same person, Sgt. Greg MacAvoy said an initial inspection suggests that is the case.

"When looked at together they essentially form the skeletal structure of a full human, so roughly the same area and about the same state of aging," he said.

"That's from an initial laymen's point of view and hopefully the lab can confirm that for us."

MacAvoy said the initial find was the upper torso of a body and the latest discovery was more of the legs and lower extremeties.

Both sets of bones have been sent to Saint John for forensic examination. Technicians have yet to determine a DNA match for the remains discovered last month.

It is believed the bones washed ashore. The cause of death is unclear, but investigators are reviewing a list of people who are presumed drowned in the area.

A forensic anthropologist is testing the remains to find out how long the body has been in the water.

MacAvoy said that will help police narrow down the possibilities.

Grand Manan Mayor Dennis Greene said the waiting period is difficult for many people

"When this happens it is a very sad time for the community. We know it's very anxious, very anxious time for them, you want to know but you don't want to know," Greene said.

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Both sets of skeletal remains could be from same person
Published Friday November 5th, 2010

GRAND MANAN - Rumours are "running rampant" in this small island village following the discovery of more human skeletal remains on Tuesday about two kilometres from those found in mid-October, the community's mayor said Thursday.

"People are quite anxious to find out, once the DNA is done, who they belong to," Dennis Greene said.

Based on what the RCMP have told him, Greene said it appears both sets of skeletal remains could very well belong to the same person.

"The RCMP told me the first bones that were found weren't identified, but are from a male aged 25 to 35," he said. "The first ones were the top part of the torso and the second ones are from the waist down. They think they are from the same person."

He said the thinking on the island, and elsewhere, is that they may belong to fishermen - including some from the island itself - who have gone missing in the Bay of Fundy.

"Everybody is anxious and hoping, I think, that somebody could get closure," he said.

Greene said the bones discovered by Donnie Ritchie on Oct. 15 were along what is known as the Castalia bank. Those found Tuesday by island resident Wayne (Chappy) Cook, while out walking his dog, were discovered in the area of the Castalia Marsh.

Two Grand Manan fisherman - Harold Cossaboom, 47, and his cousin, Cory Cossaboom, 36, of White Head - are presumed have drowned after their 11-metre scallop dragger went missing last Feb. 18, while four Digby scallop fisherman are also presumed to have drowned after their scallop dragger failed to return home on Sept. 12.

Cook said Thursday that it was around 10 a.m. Tuesday when his dog Cassie, a yellow Labrador, drew his attention to the second batch of skeletal remains on the beach at the marsh.

"They were just human bones; there was no flesh on them," the retired educator said.

When Cook whistled and called Cassie and she wouldn't come back to him, he said he decided to take a closer look at whatever it was that was holding her attention.

"The bones were partially covered with rockweed, so when I looked, I said, "Man, that looks like a human pelvis.' "

One bone looked like a femur, he said, but he didn't touch any of them. And rather than rouse suspicions, he decided to seek a second opinion before reporting the find to authorities.

"I went to see Michael O'Neill at the dulse plant and he came down so we could verify this," Cook said.

"When we got there, he said we should call 911. We both left the scene and when police contacted him, he took them - as far as know - down to the site."

Cook believes the bones he found may have been there for awhile because, as he recalled later, his dog also showed an unusual interest in the same spot when the two were out for a stroll late last week.

"At the time, I thought it may have been a deer carcass," he said.

District 1 RCMP Sgt. Greg MacAvoy said Wednesday that the coroner's office had been contacted and a forensic examination and DNA testing is being conducted on the remains to establish their identity.

No indication was given as to how long that might take.