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Investigation Commences Regarding Deceased Male in Sydney Mines
On January 1 Cape Breton Regional Police (CBRP) and Search and Rescue personnel were continuing efforts to locate a missing 15-year-old male in Sydney Mines who had been reported missing to police on December 30th. Shortly after 9 a.m. today they located the body of a young male and Major Crime personnel were called in to investigate the scene and circumstances related to the finding of the body.
As a result of the investigation it was determined the young male may have been present at a gathering of youth on December 28, at a residence on Peck Street in Sydney Mines where police were called in response to a complaint unrelated to the male. On police arrival, some young persons fled the scene despite police requests to remain. Because the male may have fled the gathering as a result of the arrival of police, the matter has been referred to SiRT who assumed jurisdiction for the investigation on January 1.
Anyone who may have witnessed anything in relation to the matter is asked to call SiRT toll free at 1-855-450-2010.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.
The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
Ron MacDonald, QC