Saskatchewan RCMP have solved two missing persons cases after two sets of human remains were recently discovered on Big Island Lake Cree Territory in northwestern Saskatchewan.
Familial DNA helped the Historical Case Unit identify the body recovered from the community’s landfill on April 21 as Randy Wallace George.
George was 38 when he was reported missing 10 years ago to the Pierceland RCMP on July 11, 2013. He was last seen walking north on Highway 21 after being dropped off at 7:30 a.m. near the north side of Big Island Lake First Nation.
“George’s death is not believed to be suspicious in nature,” the RCMP said in a release.
“His family has been notified. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”
A second set of human remains located May 3 near a house in the community has been identified as that of Dominic Kahpoonapit, 20, following a forensic autopsy on May 9.
Kahpoonapit was reported missing on December 13, 2022.
RCMP said in a release the Major Crimes Unit is still investigating Kahpoonapit’s cause of death and putting together a timeline of the days leading up to his disappearance.
“It has been determined that Dominic was in contact with Pierceland RCMP in the days prior to him being reported as missing,” RCMP said in the release. “He was not arrested or charged during this interaction, nor was he in police custody.
“As such, we are unable to provide specifics of this encounter at this time, because the circumstances are still under investigation.”
The RCMP said they “proactively notified” the Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), which investigates civilian deaths when police are involved.
“SIRT will monitor the aspects of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes investigation that relate to the interaction between Dominic and the Pierceland RCMP,” the release added.
Big Island Lake Nation is about 380 km northwest of Saskatoon.