Bear believed to have eaten, buried BC murderer
This is becoming unbearable...
A bear has been implicated in the discovery of human remains on a remote logging road in British Columbia. The body has been positively-identified as convicted murderer Rory Nelson Wagner (aged 53, of Kamloops, BC). It is currently unknown what the cause of death was, but the BC Coroner has ruled out suicide.
Hunters first came across the remains after discovering Wagner's abandoned Volkswagen Jetta sedan on the road, and later discovered his buried and partially-consumed body.
The National Parole Board confirms that Wagner had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1994 along with two others, and had killed a Langley, BC man in 1993, believing that man had sexually assaulted a relative of theirs.
Although the bear probably did not kill Wagner, Minister of the Environment Terry Lake has said that conservation officers are continuing to hunt for the animal in order to ensure public safety. RCMP Staff. Sgt. Grant Learned said that Wagner was most-likely already dead and decomposing inside his vehicle when the bear dragged him out to consume him, a statement that Regional Coroner Mark Coleman agrees with.
In the nearby city of Kamloops, where Wagner was reported missing on May 23, 2012, conservation officers have trapped two bears, including one that matches the description of the suspect bear. In a statement to Halifax, Nova Scotia's News 95.7 CJNI-FM, Acting Conservation Inspector Darcy MacPhee said that officers are using animal hair samples taken from Wagner's body, as well as inspecting teeth imprints to determine if they have the right animal. He further stated that if the bear is identified, it will be put down, as ordered by Environment Minster Terry Lake.
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