TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
A tent being used by the Brandon Police Service sits erect near the banks of the Assiniboine River in Queen Elizabeth Park on Wednesday afternoon while officers investigate the discovery of a body. On Thursday, police said the person was male and believed to be middle-aged. Efforts to remove the body, which was found frozen to the ground, were continuing yesterday.
Police say they are making some strides in identifying the body that was found late Tuesday at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Despite the corpse’s advanced state of decomposition, they say that the person was male, and believed to be about middle-aged. Clothes were also found, including what appeared to be jeans and running shoes.
As police continue their investigation with the Office of the Medical Examiner, they are also bringing in people from the Brandon University’s anthropology department to help work on the scene.
The body was discovered intact and frozen to the ground, police say, under the winter snowfall.
They were attempting to remove the body yesterday, after which it will be taken to either Brandon hospital or Winnipeg for forensic examination.
The case is currently considered suspicious and foul play hasn’t been ruled out.
Police have pointed out that they have one recent missing person case that’s unsolved, although there’s nothing to indicate at this point whether the remains are those of William James Kent.
Kent, 63, was last seen at his west-end home on the evening of April 24.
Police said they believe Kent walked away from his home and was not dressed for the elements as temperatures were barely above freezing.
Police have spoken to Kent’s wife since the remains were discovered.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 28, 2014