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Human remains found on deserted island off Powell River sent for autopsy

Aug 02 2012
RCMP say the human remains found on a deserted island off Powell River have been sent to Vancouver for an autopsy.
A boater discovered human remains Sunday afternoon on Harwood Island, an uninhabited area that is part of the Sliammon First Nations reserve.
Powell River RCMP have been tight-lipped about the case, only saying it’s considered a suspicious death. They have not ruled out foul play.
Staff Sgt. Andy Brinton, Powell River detachment commander, said his investigators are awaiting results from the autopsy, hoping it will determine the identity and cause of death.
“So it’s kind of in a holding pattern right now,” Brinton said. “We kind of have to sit on any information until we’re sure where this is going.”
Brinton said investigators could not determine if the body was male or female. He wouldn’t comment on how long the remains might have been on the shore or if there was evidence of foul play.
Mounties are talking to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team but the team of experienced homicide detectives has not yet been called onto the case.
“We’re offering assistance and resources by telephone,” said IHIT spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound. However, Pound said the largest homicide unit in the country would only get involved if the victim is found to be from the Lower Mainland district. Otherwise, the investigation is outside IHIT’s jurisdiction and Powell River RCMP’s major crime section would remain on the file.
The Sliammon band’s chief administrative officer, Rod Allan, said the chief was alerted to the police investigation but offered no other details. He said the island is a popular spot for hunting and camping.

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