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Third arrest made in connection to human remains discovery in Huntsville

Among the charges is accessory after the fact for the offence of indignity to human remains
2021-05-20 OPP cruiser
Members of the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a third person in connection with the discovery of human remains in Huntsville on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

On Nov. 23, 2021, 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

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on Nov. 24, 2021, and was remanded into custody.

Two other individuals have been arrested in connection with this investigation and both remain in custody.

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.

Please note: This case is subject to a court-ordered publication ban.

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 here. 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.