Hamilton, Ontario ,

Theft of Human Remains from Vehicle in Westdale Area

Hamilton Police are looking for human remains that were stolen from a vehicle in the evening hours of October 31, 2018, and November 1, 2018. The vehicle was parked in the Westdale area of Hamilton when the theft occurred. The human remains were discovered at a construction site for a church in the North York Region and had been in transit to a secured facility.

On November 1, 2018, Hamilton Police received a report of a theft from an auto with special circumstances. Two sets of lower leg bones had been found from this North York location and placed in a white cardboard banker’s box labelled with the Church’s name and file numbers, (ST4, F297 and F296). The bones are estimated to have been buried in the 1800s.

At the end of the workday, the human remains were transported in the rear of a vehicle to a Westdale location in Hamilton. Between 5:30 p.m., on October 31 and 8:30 a.m., on November 1, 2018, an unknown person(s) entered the vehicle stealing the banker’s box, Dewalt Sawsall Powertool and a cellular phone charger. It is possible the suspect does not know what was inside the box and could have discarded them.

All appropriate Ministry officials have been notified and those involved with the care of the remains are hopeful they will be located so they can be placed back into their respective location.

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Chambers by calling 905-546-3833.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com