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Remains of Alyssa Turnbull found, OPP confirm

Alyssa Turnbull was 26 years old when she was last seen in Nipigon between March 23-25, 2020
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The remains of a woman who had been missing for nearly four years have been found, provincial police confirm.

Police on Wednesday said that the remains of Alyssa Turnbull were found on Oct. 25 in a remote area of Kaministiquia, west of Kakabeka Falls.

Turnbull was 26 years old when she was last seen in Nipigon between March 23-25, 2020.

OPP media relations manager Bill Dickson said the police force has had officers involved in the case right from the beginning since Turnbull's disapperance was reported.

"As part of the ongoing investigation, we did have information come forward as to a potential location and that, that led our searchers to the site, to the west of Kakabeka Falls, where her remains were found," Dickson told CKPR Radio after a news release was issued.

Dickson said police received confirmation from the forensic pathologist on Wednesday that the remains were Turnbull.

Investigators met with members of Turnbull's family after the remains were found, Dickson added.

"Our investigators went and met with, with Alyssa's family to let her know that there was a great likelihood that we found her remains," Dickson said.

"While I can't speak to what they are feeling or what they are experiencing, it's got to be some measure of relief for them to know that now at least they know where she is, they know to some extent what has happened to her and they're able to move on and give her the farewell that she deserves, the burial that she deserves.

"But I don't think any of us can really understand what that family must still be going through."

Two people — 29-year-old Nick Soos and 61-year-old Brian Soos — were each arrested and charged with committing indignity to a body and obstructing justice.

Both are next scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Dickson said another individual who is believed to have been associated with Turnbull's death has since died.

The investigation into Turnbull's disappearance was extensive, including a search at Nipigon's wastewater treatment plant in November 2020.

Police said the OPP North West Region Crime Unit's investigation remains ongoing, under the direction of the OPP's Criminal Investigations Branch, in conjunction with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

With files from Sheri Leviski-Kotyk, CKPR Radio


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