|Police search for the remains of Tanya Nepinak at the Brady Road Landfill in Winnipeg on October 3, 2012. (CHRIS PROCAYLO/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - The search for the body of a woman believed to be the victim of an alleged serial killer has ended without success.
Police announced Thursday that a nine-member search team -- consisting of three search team co-ordinators and six forensic identification unit officers -- ended its search of the Brady landfill on Tuesday, seven days after it began. No evidence pertinent to the investigation was located, said police.
The officers spent several days going through about 25 feet of trash from top to bottom for clues about Tanya Nepinak’s remains in an area identified by aboriginal elders. Initially, police had hoped to search a larger area but said it was too difficult to narrow down a search site.
Aboriginal elders conducted several ceremonies and pinpointed a spot that police are searching, an area of the landfill where residential waste is dumped.
Gail Nepinak, Tanya's sibling, said police searched the wrong spot in the landfill for her sister's remains.
"I believe in my heart she is there," an emotional Nepinak told media.
Nepinak, 31, disappeared in September 2011 and is believed to be a victim of alleged serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb, who is also charged in the murders of Lorna Blacksmith and Carolyn Sinclair.
Police believe Nepinak was killed the day she went missing. Her body was placed in a West End garbage container, which ended up at the Brady landfill.