Cochrane RCMP along with the Major Crimes Unit have been busy.

Finding two sets of bones, in two different sites, a few days apart, is something crazy for any community.

Corporal Laurel Scott says "they are working hard right now to figure out who the remains belong to and determine if there is any connection."

The first remains were located on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation on January 25 after a man's dog found what was believed to be a human bone. Cochrane RCMP, Major Crimes, and Police Dog Services did locate some bones that were clearly human, a lower jaw and a skull. These bones have been sent to the Medical Examiner's office which will provide RCMP info regarding the deceased person, including age and gender.

Cpl. Scott adds while they were actively awaiting those results a secondary call came in.

"On the 29th of January a civilian notified us that he had discovered what he believed were human remains which were embedded in some snow and ice in a remote area near Jumping Pound Reservation Forest south of Highway 1, still in the Cochrane RCMP detachment area."

Again Major Crimes along with RCMP Forensics examined the scene but due to conditions have been unable to determine much at this time.

Cpl. Scott says an autopsy will be completed to determine additional info. In the meantime, RCMP are scouring over missing person cases.

"We will be reviewing any missing persons complaint information, we will coordinate with neighbouring detachments or Calgary Police just to try and figure out who these remains belong to."

Scott says while they have ruled out that the bones are historical, whether they are one month or six months on scene remains a mystery.

Right now there is nothing more to share; RCMP will look at any and all information regarding these two cases including the possibility the cases are connected.

"We don't know that but we know that is a good question. You want to know, the public wants to know, we want to know; when we sort this out we will be sure to update that."

Scott is appealing to the public if you saw or recall anything or anyone in these two areas to alert RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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