The RCMP has ended the exhaustive search at a Shad Bay property related to a “major unsolved case” without finding any human remains.
RCMP Sgt. Alain Leblanc had officially confirmed earlier Sunday that the four-day-long hunt was in fact focused on evidence related to a cold case.
“We’re following up on information received that is related to a major unsolved case in our community,” said Leblanc.
The medical examiner’s office and forensic investigators joined the search of the property at 4117 Prospect Rd. Cadaver dogs and a mini-excavator were also used to scour the yard.
No activity could be seen from the road in front of the unremarkable green-and-white two-storey house. Local residents out for a walk on the sunny afternoon politely declined to talk about the macabre activity in the otherwise quiet community.
Late Sunday afternoon, Leblanc said police were ending the search of the property.
“The investigation continues and we’re hoping to receive further information with regards to this one,” he said.
Police say they may follow up with the source of the initial tip that led them to the Shad Bay home.
Media reports suggested the search was linked to several cold homicide and missing persons cases, including that of Kimberley McAndrew. The 19-year-old disappeared in 1989 after leaving the Canadian Tire on Quinpool Road.
Leblanc wouldn’t confirm those reports, but said the search was connected to just one case.
“An investigation, a major crime is never concluded until it can be brought to court,” he said. “Although it may be a historical case or five years, two years, 10 years, they’re never forgotten.” — Metro Halifax