Pilot’s remains confirmed in Christian Island plane crash
CHRISTIAN ISLAND — A missing pilot whose remains were recently found after he went down in his plane on ChristianIsland the first week of November have been identified.
Police say a post mortem was held on May 5, 2014, at the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto and it has been confirmed that the found remains are those of missing pilot Wilfred Oscar Burnside, 64, of Owen Sound.
He disappeared on the evening of Nov. 7, while piloting his Cessna 182 aircraft from Cornwall to Owen Sound and failed to arrive at his destination.
OPP assisted the Anishinabek Police Service who were investigating remains found on the island April 30.
Members of the Anishinabek Police Service were alerted to the discovery of what appeared to be human remains late in the afternoon in the area of BigSandBay on ChristianIsland.
A request was made to the Ontario Provincial Police to assist in this investigation, which resulted in members being dispatched from the OPP Southern Georgian Bay Detachment along with members of the following OPP Central Region Units- Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU), K-9 Unit and Emergency Response Unit (ERT).
A search of the area resulted in remains and other scene exhibits being removed for further examination at the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto so as to determine their origin, identity and possible cause of death.
The investigation is continuing.
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