Saskatoon Police say the human remains found during a search along the shore of the South Saskatchewan River near St. Louis, Sask., are those of missing Métis woman Megan Gallagher.
Gallagher, 30, who lived in Saskatoon, went missing in September 2020. She was last seen alive on convenience store surveillance video.
Later that month, police released an audio recording of a call made from Gallagher’s cellphone. A woman and man could be heard calling for a cab to pick them up. Then, in January 2021, police said they were considering Gallagher’s case a homicide.
Police have not said how she died.
Prior to the discovery of the remains, nine people had been charged in relation to her death.
Roderick William Sutherland, Cheyenne Crystal Peeteetuce, and Robert (Bobby) James Thomas are all being held in custody on a charge of first-degree murder. Sutherland also faces a charge of indignity to human remains.
A fourth person, Summer Sky Henry, faces a charge of first-degree murder. A warrant is out for her arrest.
Robin Tyler John and Thomas Richard Sutherland face charges of unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.
John Wayne Sanderson, Ernest Vernon Whitehead and Jessica Badger-Sutherland face charges of offering an indignity to human remains.
Whitehead and Jessica Sutherland are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14, while the other accused will appear on Nov. 17.
Gallagher’s family has continually pleaded with those who know something to come forward, adopting the “see something, say something” saying.
In an email Wednesday, the Gallagher family asked for a few days to “process the news.”
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered condolences and respectful coverage of the media release yesterday,” said the statement. “The family is respectfully requesting a few days to process this confirmation of the remains found on Sept. 29 is Megan.
“Even though it was expected it was still hard to hear, and the finality even harder to process.”
According to the statement, the family will meet with the media on Monday when two of the accused are to appear in court.
Megan’s sister, Lindsey Bishop, remains on a cross-Canada walk to raise awareness of and support for the families of other missing and murdered Indigenous women. In a post two days ago, Bishop and her supporters were in Bathurst, N.B.