Second body not yet identified
Investigators have confirmed the body of a Whitby woman allegedly murdered along with her mom has been found in the Kawartha Lakes area — some 60 kilometres from the Durham Region town.
City of Kawartha Lakes OPP were investigating reports of human remains located in the former Mariposa Township on The Glen Rd. on Sunday night.
Durham Regional Police investigators and the Forensic Identification Unit were brought in to assist.
Durham cops said in a news release issued Thursday that post-mortem results confirmed the identity of one of the bodies recovered as Ava Burton, 59, of Scepter Pl. in Whitby.
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Her son, Joshua Burton, 30, of Whitby, is accused of killing his mother and grandmother — Tatilda Noble, 85 — who were reported missing from their home Oct. 14.
Burton was arrested in Oshawa on Oct. 22 and charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
A second body was found at the Kawartha Lakes-area scene, but police say that haven’t been able to confirm the identity of those remains yet.
“Post-mortem results indicate obvious signs of trauma to both victims,” cops said in a statement released Thursday.
Police sent out a public appeal for help on Oct. 15 after the two women were reported missing. One day earlier, police went to the home of the women to check on their well-being and found evidence at the scene indicating “suspicious circumstances surrounding their disappearance.”
Anyone with new information about this case is asked to call police1-888-579-1520, ext. 5411, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).