Foul play suspected after woman found dead on Sask. snowmobile trail

Police launch murder investigation after the body of Monica Burns was found on snowmobile trail in northern Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan RCMP / Supplied

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A murder investigation has been launched after the body of an aboriginal woman was found in northern Saskatchewan. The body was discovered Sunday afternoon on a snowmobile trail 15 kilometres northwest of Prince Albert, Sask.

The woman has been identified as Monica Lee Burns, 29, who was a member of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation and was living in Prince Albert. Police say she was a sex-trade worker and was known to them.

Police say the location in the R.M. of Buckland is remote and away from major highways.

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Prince Albert Police Service, RCMP forensic identification services and the major crime unit north are assisting Prince Albert RCMP with the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 306-765-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from The Canadian Press

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