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Excavator, medical examiner at Foxtrap cemetery

A group of people gather around a grave at the All Saints Cemetery in Foxtrap Saturday afternoon where a man is alleged to have stolen a skeleton last week.
A group of people gather around a grave at the All Saints Cemetery in Foxtrap Saturday afternoon. - Juanita Mercer

Police were joined by staff from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Saturday at the All Saints Cemetery in Foxtrap.

Cardboard boxes surrounded a grave when The Telegram was on scene around noon. A group of people peered down at what was hidden from view.

There was also an excavator and a small pile of dirt nearby.

Two Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) cruisers were parked in the adjacent lot.

No one is permitted in the graveyard while the RNC’s major crimes unit continues to investigate.

All Saints Cemetery in Foxtrap continued to have police presence Saturday afternoon. -Juanita Mercer/The Telegram
All Saints Cemetery in Foxtrap continued to have police presence Saturday afternoon. -Juanita Mercer/The Telegram

The RNC has not yet responded to The Telegram’s request for comment on this most recent development.

According to a report Friday by Telegram reporter Tara Bradbury, sources say the man charged with interfering with human remains from the Conception Bay South cemetery was arrested last week after he allegedly attempted to boil the bones and drink the water.

The details of the allegations against Lucas Dawe, 20, have not yet been presented in court, but documents indicate he is charged with possessing human remains on April 5, as well as interfering with human remains the same day. Dawe is also facing a charge of breaching a court order.

After the incident, human remains were confirmed located along the T’Railway, near Foxtrap around 1 a.m. on April 6, after police responded to a call for service in the area.

The RNC's major crime unit, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, determined earlier this week the partial skeleton was “quite old” and not connected to any current missing person cases. Police said they were also not concerned about any potential danger to the public.

The RNC's major crime unit is continuing its investigation in the case and is asking anyone with any information that might assist them to call police at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Information can also be provided anonymously online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

With files from Barb Sweet and Tara Bradbury.

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