On this blog in April 2014 I discussed a case of a set of Unidentified Remains recovered by the Niagara Regional Police in 1998. In the entry I told of the unusual lengths that the Ontario Coroner and the Niagara Police were going to not release any information on the case. I specifically mentioned a pending DNA analysis which was to be done on the remains so we could compare this to a missing persons (MP) case. Well the fun continues on this case. Here is a bit of an update.
The family of the MP were told by police that the DNA profile had been done by the Coroner but when I met with the Coroner face to face (it took a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman to get that meeting) I was told that the analysis had NOT been done. Why not? I asked. Apparently the Niagara Police could not find the evidence; including the bones. It was stated that the box in which the evidence was contained had been moved during a renovation sometime in the past 18 years and was only recently found and turned over to the Coroner. While the DNA profile had not be done at the time of the meeting, the Coroner was able to give tell me their description of the evidence and lo and behold, their description did not match that of the Niagara Police from back in 1998. Why would that be? I asked. No answer. So I am left with the question of whether or not the right evidence was turned over to the Coroner by Niagara Police.
I am currently being stonewalled (again) by the Niagara Police to get the original description from 1998 with the Police claiming this is an active case even while admitting that it is not actively being investigated by he Niagara Police. (see accompanying letter from Niagara Police) I have taken the case to the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Time will tell how long this lack of accountability will continue.