Whose bones?Speculation over remains include Christine Jack; cops don’t know
By CHRIS KITCHING, WINNIPEG SUN
Last Updated: May 17, 2010 9:28pm
Speculation is rampant about the identity of human remains found in the Ste. Anne area last week but RCMP are cautioning people not to jump to conclusions.
The grisly discovery has some wondering whether the bones are those of Christine Jack, a Winnipeg woman who famously disappeared almost 22 years ago, but police say the person’s identity isn’t known and might not be known for some time.
The speculation and assumption the remains belong to one person in particular are just that, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish. Karpish said investigators might confirm the person’s identity in days or weeks.
“The identification step can be a long process,” she said.The pace of the investigation is largely dependent on whether a DNA sample or dental records — two common means to identifying remains — are readily available for the person. The sex might be known sooner
, Karpish said.
An autopsy was scheduled Monday and police are hoping it will shed light on several things, including the cause of death and the age of the remains.
The bones were found in a wooded area along a gravel road off the Trans-Canada Highway in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne on Thursday. The location is about 35 km east of Winnipeg.
“My understanding is the bones were found above the ground,” Karpish said.
The property owner’s dog discovered a human skull, so he contacted RCMP. A search and rescue team conducted a comprehensive search and located additional remains, RCMP said.Karpish wouldn’t say if identification was found with or near the remains.
Jack went missing in December 1988 and is believed to be dead, although her body has never been found.
Police searched an area around Ste. Anne after the 33-year-old mother of two was reported missing because someone reported seeing the vehicle she shared with her husband, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers player Brian Jack.
Brian Jack was charged with her slaying and tried three times. After appeals and appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada he walked away a free man despite being convicted of manslaughter at his third trial.http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/manitoba/2010/05/17/13985546.html