Human Remains found in Tumbler Ridge fire

Trent Ernst, Editor
 

The RCMP major crimes unit was in Tumbler Ridge, investigating a suspicious fire along the Bullmoose Road. 

 

There are few details but lots of questions following the discovery of human remains in a fire that police are treating as “suspicious.”
 
The first was mostly out by the time the local RCMP responded to the fire, in which a camper and jeep were burned up on parcel of land under tenure to Grizzco Camps out of Chetwynd. Inside the camper was what was believed to be human remains. 
 
According to Grizzco representatives, the area was being used by Canadian Dehua this summer during a drilling project, but they have no knowledge of anyone occupying the site currently. 
Representatives from Dehua confirm that they are currently drilling out in the Wapiti area, and had no staff in the Bullmoose area, where the fire occurred. 
 
The BC Coroner’s Service, Forensic Identification Section and North District Major Crime Unit have all attended the scene of the incident. While the remains have been confirmed to be human, the identity of the individual has yet to be determined. 
 

A Police Cruiser sits parked outside a clearing along the Bullmoose Road where human remains where discovered.

 

Locals around town speak of a young male driving a vehicle similar to the one destroyed in the fire who fished in the nearby river who was staying in his camper in the area in summer,  but RCMP have not released any details and caution that information might be slow in forthcoming. 
 
The circumstances surrounding this discovery are being treated as suspicious at this time and the matter is still being actively investigated.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Tumbler Ridge RCMP at (250) 242-5252. If you would like to remain anonymous please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)