Saskatchewan RCMP investigating two separate discoveries of human remains on First Nation

A forensic autopsy on the remains located in the nation’s landfill eliminated recent missing persons from the area.

RCMP in Saskatchewan are seeking the public's help in identifying two set of human remains. Photo: APTN file

Families who have missing loved ones near Big Island Lake Cree Nation have been alerted after the discovery of two separate sets of human remains, RCMP say.

The first set of human remains was located in the nation’s landfill on April 21. The second set was found May 3 near a house in the community about 380 km northwest of Saskatoon.

“These are being treated as two separate (investigative) files,” said Jessica Murphy, a spokesperson for Saskatchewan RCMP.

Murphy said Tuesday the Saskatchewan RCMP Historical Case Unit has taken over the landfill file while Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit is working to identify the other person.

“Both files being investigated span at least 10 years apart from each other so they’re not related,” added Murphy, noting both cases were reported to the Pierceland RCMP detachment.

Murphy said a forensic autopsy was completed on the landfill remains on April 23 and the results eliminated recent missing persons from the area.

She said the RCMP’s National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains is working alongside the Missing Person Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Coroners Service, Big Island Lake Cree Nation, the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers, and families of missing persons.

She asked anyone with information to call the Pierceland detachment at (306) 839-3330 or their local police service. The RCMP also accept information anonymously via Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

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