UPDATED: RCMP testifies to discovery, recovery of Kirwan's remains

Sueann Musick
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WARNING: Some of the details in this morning's testimony are graphic

Sgt. Darlene MacEachern continued reviewing exhibit photos and pointed out that the black sweater found with the victim had four holes in the right shoulder area. Blood and urine samples were also taken from the victim.

MacEachern continued reviewing exhibit photos and pointed out that the black sweater found with the victim had four holes in the right shoulder area. Blood and urine samples were also taken from the victim.

Following her time in Heathbell, she was involved in the collection of evidence at a mini-home and camper on Hardwood Hill Road which is about 3kms away from where the victim's body was found.

She went over the layout of the camper trailer that contained many miscellaneous items, but she pointed out a piece of silver duct tape was collected and there were multi-coloured towels in the trailer.

A piece  of black cloth was found on the shelf in the bedroom of the camper as well as a pop bottle and water bottle near the bed. All of these were collected and sent for testing. A towel was taken from bed that had similar colours, texture and thickness as the towel that was found around the victim's wrists.

She said she also noticed blue ink on a layered piece of duct tape found on the floor of the camper. It turned out to have the word Dooly's on it when viewed under forensic lighting. It was compared to the Dooly's stamp used for admission at the bar and found to be very similar.  She said the lettering and sizing was a bit distorted because of the stretch in the duct tape but overall it had the same consistency and lettering.

A multi coloured towel found on the bed had the same bar code and price tag as one found wrapped around victim's wrists.

MacEachern was also involved in the seizure of Falconer's Chevrolet Impala and she examined a clear plastic bag that had duct tape stuck to it, palm prints and finger prints found on bag.

Behind the passenger's seat in the car was another bag that contained a black tank top,  some wrappers, tissues , receipts from stores and the bank, a package that held scissors, a green pill bottle that had a powdery substance in it, a yellow post it note with a phone number on it and a role of duct tape.

She said the tank top tested positive for blood and it also had dirt and leaves attached to it.

Session will continue at 2 p.m.

 

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PICTOU  - An RCMP sergeant involved in the collection of physical evidence at Heathbell during the Kirwan investigation took the witness stand in Pictou Supreme Court this morning.

Sgt. Darlene MacEachern is a  long time member for the identification team for the RCMP and was made aware of clothing found in Heathbell on October 15 and was involved in the seizure of Mason Campbell's Ford Focus on October 16, 2011.  

She said nothing of significance was found in Campbell's car and she was involved in the Kirwan investigation again when she was called to Heathbell on November 5th. 

She said a three by three foot  gridded off and test site was done with a hole of about 12 inches deep. White grey matter was found indicating a body was found.  Soil was removed and collected and eventually an outline of a body was visible. 

She said a tattoo was made visible on the foot and back of the body and the wrist area had a black sweater, shirt and towel wrapped around them.  The body was also caked in mud. 

The remains were removed and taken to the city for an autopsy. 

Upon reviewing exhibit photos with Crown Attorney Bill Gorman, MacEachern pointed out a piece of duct tape that was found on the sweater that came with the body. 

She said defensive wounds were on palms of the victim's hands.  

Court took an earlier than expected break to allow the jury to have a break from the graphic information shared with the court .

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