The original owner of the hockey bag, which contained the gruesome discovery, has been tracked down.
A Glace Bay man — who wished not to be identified so as not to impede the police investigation — confirmed the hockey bag was a Glace Bay Minor Hockey bag that belonged to a family member who had participated in minor hockey. The family member’s name was on the bag.
“We were shocked when reports started to surface it was the same bag,” he told the Cape Breton Post on Sunday.
The man said the bag is seven years old.
“It was full of mouldy hockey gear. In April we put it out with the heavy garbage.”
He said at that time a truck with three or four kids inside was going around the neighbourhood looking for items in heavy garbage left at the curb.
“That is when the bag was picked up,” he said. “That is the last we saw of it.”
Police are investigating the discovery of the human remains as a homicide.
Staff Sgt. Steve MacKinnon said Saturday police are not releasing many details about the discovery as their investigation is in its early stages.
“It is still very early in the investigation and right now, we’re keeping things close to the chest,” he said, adding that if investigators decide to issue a call for public assistance, additional information will be released at that time.
Police said the autopsy was performed in Halifax on Saturday.
Members of the police services dive unit and major crime investigators were on the scene earlier Saturday continuing their search for evidence.
The discovery was made by a woman who lives on Hillside Road at about 8 p.m. Friday.
The Mira River is the longest in Nova Scotia and its shoreline is peppered with hundreds of summer cottages and permanent residences.
Residents contacted Saturday expressed shock and disbelief at the discovery, noting such a violent crime is disturbing in a quiet, rural area.
The police is requesting the public’s assistance in the case.
Anyone with information regarding the crime can contact regional police at 563-5151, or Crime Stoppers at 562-8477.http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2012-05-27/article-2989426/Police-ID-body-found-floating-in-hockey-bag/1