RCMP confirm identity of remains discovered in 2003 in Yellowknife

February 22, 2018
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

News release

Forensic DNA analysis has confirmed that bone fragments discovered near Con Mine in Yellowknife belonged to Mary Rose Keadjuk.

Mary Rose Keadjuk went missing in 1990. RCMP began a missing person's investigation after she was last seen on June 28, 1990. Mary Rose had been residing at the Gold Range Hotel at the time she went missing. Her personal belongings, including her eye glasses were left behind. RCMP began the investigation and it has remained an active investigation since her disappearance.

In 2003, a bone fragment was discovered near the Con Mine area. RCMP and other officials conducted further searches of the area, but no additional human remains were discovered. Working with the NWT Coroner Services, the bone fragment was submitted for DNA examination, which at the time, did not yield DNA results.

Since then, the bone fragment has been sent twice more for further examination, with the recent examination yielding Forensic DNA results. The NWT Coroner Services identified the found remains as belonging to Mary Rose Keadjuk.

"Our members have informed the family of Mary Rose Keadjuk of the results of the examination and the match to Mary Rose. It is an emotional time, however, we are thankful that the improvements to technology allowed a sample to be matched and the identity confirmed by the NWT Chief Coroner" states Marie York-Condon, NT RCMP Media Relations.

The investigation into Mary Rose's disappearance continues.

If anyone has information on Mary Rose Keadjuk's disappearance June 28, 1990 please contact "G" Division Major Crimes at 867-669-1111, through Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS, or through www.nwtnutips.com , (click on "submit a web tip") or text: nwtnutips to 274637. Calls received through Crime Stoppers and NWT Tips are anonymous and a caller's anonymity is guaranteed.


Contact information

Marie York-Condon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Media Relations
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT
Office: (867)765.3709

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