It appears bones
unearthed near Windsor Lake will remain protected from the elements and
untouched until the province’s chief medical examiner returns to the
erring on the side of caution, have set up camp in an area about three
kilometres north of Thorburn Road, where the bones — believed to be
human remains — were dug up by searchers Sunday morning.
A helicopter tour of
the site Tuesday revealed a small clearing — which appears to have been
widened in recent days — with sections divided by police tape, as well
as several large tents and portable toilets.
Officers were led to
the outlying area Friday in connection with the highly publicized
13-year-old disappearance of Dale Worthman, 30, and his girlfriend, Kim
They vanished from
their basement apartment on Dogberry Hill Road Ext. in St. Philip’s —
about five kilometres from the dig site — on Aug. 27, 1993.
long suspected foul play, and the possibility it was a hit involving
There are backups when
chief medical examiner Dr. Simon Avis is away. But it’s believed the RNC
is taking no chances, given the magnitude of the find and his knowledge of
An expert from MUN’s
anthropology department will also be called on, but not until Avis makes
contact is the medical examiner. And the medical examiner isn’t in town
right now,” said Dr. Sonya Jerkic, an expert in forensic anthropology.
contacted, but I won’t be having anything to do … I won’t even see
what’s going on until the end of the week.
don’t know anything or any more than what’s in the media.”
Meanwhile, a Royal
Newfoundland Constabulary forensics team, armed with metal detectors,
continued to scour the area around the bones Tuesday.
A source told The
Telegram they may have found a weapon — namely a gun — but that was
“Not to the best of
my knowledge,” RNC Acting Insp. June Layden told The Telegram.
She was asked if there
was any way of knowing if, indeed, a gun had been found.
“As to exactly
what’s been uncovered there, we’re not going to comment. And to be
quite honest with you, we wouldn’t comment on it. This is an ongoing
“But in this case,
as I said, to the best of my knowledge we have not located any weapon.”
In fact, Layden
wouldn’t say who was at the site Tuesday.
“We won’t comment
on who’s on site. As (RNC Chief Joe Browne) said (Monday), our primary
focus at this time is security and protection of the site and that’s
what’s ongoing,” she said.
Browne, meanwhile, has
said the “painstaking” work of identifying the remains would take
weeks or months to complete.
If they do belong to
Worthman and Lockyer, police will be faced with the arduous task of
piecing together the crime more than a decade later.
Telegram, Layden said it’s “premature” to discuss suspects or
arrests until the bones are positively identified.
comment on that at this point,” she said.