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Bones found in Fort Simpson not human, coroner says


The Northwest Territories coroner says skeletal remains found in Fort Simpson this week are not human.

In a Tuesday news release, the office of the chief coroner said a contractor uncovered the bones on Monday while doing work in Elephant Park. Fort Simpson Mayor Sean Whelly told Cabin Radio the remains were located where a new splash pad is being constructed. 

According to the CBC, a new playground at Elephant Park is expected to be completed in October. The splash pad is slated to open next summer.

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Fort Simpson RCMP and the coroner’s office investigated the remains in consultation with a pathologist in Edmonton, Tuesday’s news release stated.

Since it has been determined the bones did not belong to a human, the coroner said, the investigation is now closed.

Sarah Sibley contributed reporting.

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