Dog walker finds human remains in wooded area near Barrie, Ont.
Barrie OPP Sgt. Peter Leon on the scene where human remains were found Wednesday in a section of Simcoe County Forest, just off of Gill Road in Springwater Township. (CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/Postmedia Network)
SPRINGWATER TWP. – Provincial police are investigating after human remains were found in a wooded area north of Barrie, Wednesday afternoon.
According to OPP Sgt. Peter Leon, a person walking their dog in a tract of the Simcoe County Forest off Gill Road made the discovery shortly after noon and called police.
“At this point, we can't speculate if it's a man or woman or child in the woods,” Leon said.
Police would also not comment on the condition of the remains or how long they may have been there.
The wooded trail through the forest — located north of Midhurst on the east side of Gill Road a few kilometres south of Horseshoe Valley Road — is often used by dog walkers, Leon said.
The coroner was on scene during the evening.
A post-mortem is scheduled for Friday at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Services in Toronto, Leon said.
"There will be a police presence at that location on Thursday and more than likely into Friday and until we know the outcome of the post-mortem," he added.
"Our biggest challenge right now is positively identifying the remains and being able to carry out a very thorough and detailed investigation in respect to that," Leon said.
OPP Staff Sgt. Kerry Graham said officers from the criminal investigations branch would be on scene overnight (Wednesday).
The investigation is being conducted by the Huronia West OPP Crime Unit and Central Region Criminal Operations, under the direction of Det.-Insp. Jim Gorry of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). The OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) is also on scene and is assisting.