Halifax police ID remains found in Fox Lake, missing man from 2004
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Halifax Regional Police say a missing man dating back eight years has been identified as the person whose remains were found in a hiking trail near Kearney Lake earlier this month.
Police say Ray Peter O'Connell, who was reported missing in June 2004 at the age of 32, has been positively identified by the province's medical examiner.
“At this point we’re not treating the death as suspicious," said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter, adding an official cause of death hasn't been determined.
On May 6 at 11 a.m., a hiker called 911 regarding human remains being found in a new hiking trail near Fox Lake.
In police's missing person report on O'Connell, it says the five-foot-10, 140 pound man was last seen in the Cork Street area of Halifax on June 8, 2004. The report says O'Connell may have been travelling by mountain bike, and was known to frequent the areas of Susie and Quarrie lakes.
Palmeter said several searches were done in wooded areas around HRM since O'Connell went missing, with the most recent time being 2008.
“We would hope this would provide a little closure for them," Palmeter said of the victim's family.
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