Mark Clairmont |

HUNTSVILLE An ongoing police investigation in to human remains found here Sunday has led to a third person being charged with indignity to a body.

OPP in Huntsville say they have charged another person in connection with the discovery of unidentified human remains Nov. 21 on Gryffin Lodge Road in Huntsville.

Yesterday Matthew Sturgess, 37 years of age, from Huntsville, was arrested in relation to this investigation and charged with:

  • Accessory After the Fact for the offence of Indignity to Human Remains, contrary to Section 182(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Failure to Comply with an Undertaking, contrary to Section 145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Sturgess appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville today, Nov. 24, and was remanded into custody.

The case is subject to a court-ordered publication ban.

Two other individuals, Richard Pitt, 56, and Lana MacDonald, 53, were also arrested and charged this week in connection with this investigation and both remain in custody.

See their related stories here and here:

The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS) is attempting to determine the identity of the deceased person.

The Huntsville OPP Crime Unit is continuing the investigation, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), assisted by OPP Central Region Forensic Identification Services and the OPP Central Region Emergency Response Team. The investigation is being conducted in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the OFPS.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Huntsville OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your information online at Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Gryffin Lodge Road is located south of Huntsville downtown and runs off Hwy. 11 east and north of Port Sydney. It is close to Mary Lake, seen here in this Google map just at the bottom left.


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