DNA Samples found from Kirwan and three unknown males

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PICTOU - Amber Kirwan's DNA was found on a piece of duct tape and black cloth found inside a camper trailer in Hardwood Hill.

Police search a trailer at 952 Hardwood Hill Road as part of the investigation.

RCMP forensic biologist Thomas Suzanski testified Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Christopher Alexander Falconer that the 19-year-old victim's DNA was located in both the camper owned by Falconer's step sister as well a tank top that was found in the accused's car.  

Thirty-one year-old Falconer is charged with killing Kirwan between October 9 to November 5, 2011. She went missing from downtown New Glasgow after spending some time out with friends. Her remains were found in a muddy grave in Heathbell about month later.  

Testimony heard earlier in the trial stated that Kirwan was naked in the grave with a blue and black top and knotted towel around her wrists. Investigators searched a camper trailer owned by his step-sister Alice Meier in Hardwood Hill a few days later where they seized pieces of duct tape and a black piece of material.  

A detailed list of DNA testing and samples were read into court throughout the morning that identified Kirwan's DNA on the black cloth found beside the bed in the camper as well as from hair that as seized by police from duct tape on the camper floor. 

Her DNA was also located on several areas on the lower right front of a black tank top that was found inside a plastic bag in the back of Falconer's Chevrolet Impala. 

Other DNA testing done also identified a unknown male on one sample on a ball cap found near the clothing in Heathbell and unknown male on two samples from a knot in the towel found around Kirwan's wrists. An unknown DNA male sample labelled as male three was taken from a syringe found in the ditch in Heathbell near Kirwan's grave.  

He said Mason' Campbell's DNA did not match any of the unknown male one, male two or male three samples. 

Suzanski said DNA testing was done on a knife owned by Falconer but tests were inconclusive because there wasn't enough DNA on the knife.  A side of the blade of the knife was also tested, but there was too much of a mixture of the DNA so no one sample could be determined.

Suzanski will return to the stand this afternoon for more testimony and cross-examination by defence lawyer Mike Taylor. 

The trial opened this morning with testimony from Deno Miller who spent the October 8, 2011 weekend with Meier and her children.  

Miller said Meier arrived at his girlfriend's cottage on October 9th in the afternoon with boyfriend Roger Irving and her two children. They spent the night at cottage with Miller and she called Falconer the next day, October 9, to bring them out some more beer. 

Miller testified that Falconer arrived around 1 pm. with a 24 case of beer and and stayed for about a half an hour. He said he had another man with him. He didn't notice what Falconer was wearing or driving at that time. He told police that Meier spoke to Falconer while she was there, but he didn't have much communication with him. 

He said Meier and her children left the cottage in the later in the afternoon. 


Organizations: RCMP, Campbell's

Geographic location: Heathbell, New Glasgow, Hardwood Hill

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