Remains found in Oakville identified
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RCMP have confirmed the remains found on a property in Oakville last December were those of a woman who used to live in the home.
The remains were reportedly found inside a derelict camper van, which, along with a vehicle, was covered in snow and had been abandoned in the driveway for years. Oakville is about 50 kilometres west of Winnipeg.
Residents said at the time the house on 2nd Avenue had been vacant since the previous occupant, a reclusive 78-year-old man who lived alone, died in November 2018.
The new owner found the woman’s remains, residents said.
RCMP said Friday the investigation is complete. The woman’s death was not reported to authorities, but there was no evidence her death was the result of a criminal act, Mounties said.
Her remains had been there more than five years, RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said.
However, she said she could not provide further details because it was not a criminal investigation.
RCMP had located a family member of the suspected deceased in the United States and a DNA sample was obtained for comparison purposes.
At least two to three years before his death, the former property owner told people his wife had died at home, locals said in December.
The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie auctioned off the house Dec. 14. A public notice for the tax sale listed the 78-year-old man’s wife as the registered owner and it referred to her estate.
The remains were discovered a week later on Dec. 21.