Missing woman's identity confirmed
The OPP has concluded its investigation into a missing person from 1986.
Police say that on April 29, 1986, members of the Almaguin Highlands OPP, received a report that Agnes May Appleyard, 71-years-of-age at the time, was missing from a property on Highway 520, in Emsdale.
OPP conducted an intensive search of the property which found no trace of the missing person, then on April 17, 1987, another search of the property located human remains.
The Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service examined the remains but were unable to determine the identity of the deceased person.
In 1988, as a result of the investigation an 82-years-old male was arrested and charged with second degree murder. That individual, who is now deceased, was acquitted in court.
On November 5, 2019, following that acquittal, the Almaguin Highlands OPP Crime Unit reopened the investigation. The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service requested familial DNA samples in effort to identify the remains.
On April 12, 2023, advancement of DNA analysis technology at the Centre of Forensic Sciences provided confirmation of the identity of the remains as Agnes Appleyard.