Search and Rescue teams were in Heathbell, Pictou County October 15 looking for evidence in relation to the disappearance of Amber Kirwan. Police and search teams returned to the same area again Saturday and this time they located human remains which have not be identified as of yet.
The search for Amber Kirwan has ended in tragedy.
Police confirmed Sunday that human remains found in Heathbell Saturday are those of 19-year-old Kirwan who went missing Oct. 9 after leaving Dooly's in New Glasgow.
Police are not confirming how she died, but say that it is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was not performed as of Sunday, but police confirmed the remains were identified visually.
RCMP Const. Bill Rudolph said the remains were uncovered in a wooded area on a Heathbell farm property.
"At this time no cause of death has been released, but we are advising the public it is a homicide investigation at this point."
Ground search and rescue crews as well as police continued to comb a blocked off section of Heathbell Road Sunday, which is located a few kilometers outside of Lyons Brook, Pictou County.
This is the second time in three weeks a massive search has been conducted in the Heathbell area in relation to Kirwan's case.
Rudolph confirmed the general area was searched before on the weekend of October 15. He said they came to search the area based on tips and their own investigation.
"It's not one of those 'ah ha' moments," he said. "It's something that builds."
He said it takes a considerable amount of time to build and process a warrant.
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"There was sufficient grounds to apply to a justice for a search warrant to go onto that property," Const. Bill Rudolph said.
RCMP had the road blocked on either end of Heathbell, stopping motorists and asking for identification before turning them around.
Rudolph said the road will remained closed to thru traffic as a long as it takes police to process the area for evidence.
When asked if Heathbell residents should be concerned about their safety, Rudolph said that was a difficult question to answer in light of the fact that they don't have anyone in custody for the murder as of yet.
"Everyone should use proper care when out and about," he said, adding he couldn't comment on whether this was a random act because the homicide investigation was only 24 hours old.
He said it was too early to say if the police had any suspects in mind.
Contrary to some rumours circulating online, there is no apparent connection between Mason Campbell and the property where the remains were found, Rudolph said.
Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation is asked to contact Pictou County RCMP, New Glasgow Police or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.