May 28, 2012
Cops ID remains found in hockey bag
By Sheena Goodyear, QMI Agency
The body found stuffed in a hockey bag and floating in a river on Friday belong to a 21-year-old Cape Breton, N.S., woman, police said.
Cops are not yet releasing the victim's name to the media at the request of the family, who are still notifying loved ones.
Sgt. Robert Walsh said she was from Cape Breton's Northside region, but would not say which community.
On Friday at about 7:50 p.m., a woman who lives in Marion Bridge -- a quiet cottage spot south of Sydney, N.S. -- called 911 after she saw something floating in the Mira River near her home.
It turned out to be a hockey bag with human remains inside.
Police sent the remains to Halifax for an autopsy on Saturday, though a cause of death has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, the Cape Breton Post has tracked down the hockey bag's a original owner. A man from Glace Bay who wished to remain anonymous told the paper the bag belonged to his family member who had participated in minor hockey.
The bag was full of moldy hockey gear and they threw it away, but some kids in a truck took it from the curb, he said.
Walsh said police divers were still scouring the Mira River on Monday for clues.