The remains of a man’s body found near a southwestern Saskatchewan village are those of an Alberta man who was reported missing over six years ago, say Mounties.
But the mystery of how Brian Patrick Toni died, police say, still remains a mystery. The 51-year-old was reported missing July 4, 2001 after he left Lacombe for a trip to Calgary.
"The cause of death has yet to be determined and what he was doing at the time of his death is still an avenue that has yet to be determined by investigators," said Saskatchewan RCMP spokesman Sgt. Brad Kaeding.
Toni’s truck was located in a grove of trees 25 days after the man’s disappearance near the village of Shamrock, but a number of searches to locate him were unsuccessful.
Kaeding says a resident found the remains last fall, about 16-km north of where his truck was located.
"Up to this point, this is still being treated as a missing person’s case, but there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest that foul play was involved," said Kaeding.
The Alberta man has family members in Moose Jaw, about 80-km east of where the remains were found.
"We believe he was either coming from or going to visit relatives here in Saskatchewan before he died," said Kaeding.
Mounties in Saskatchewan say Toni owned a home in Edmonton but worked in Calgary.