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Remains identified as Edmonton sex trade worker missing since 2004

Delores Brower, 33.
Delores Brower, 33. Courtesy: RCMP

EDMONTON – Remains found near Leduc last week have been identified as those belonging to an Edmonton woman who worked in the sex trade.

The remains of Delores Brower, 33, were found in a wooded area on a rural property east of Leduc by the owner, police said. Brower’s remains are at the Medical Examiner’s office in Edmonton where examination continues.

Morris Gamblin, Global News

Brower was reported missing by her family on May 8, 2005. The last confirmed sighting of the 33-year-old was May 13, 2004, at 5:40 a.m. at 118 Avenue and 70 Street. She was seen by police trying to get a ride westbound on 118 Avenue.

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Brower’s family released a statement following confirmation of the identity of the remains:

“While we are saddened to have confirmation that Delores’ remains have been found, there is a sense of thankfulness as well.

“We loved Delores and are grateful to have some closure.

“While we are grieving with some sense of relief, we know there are many families who have yet to find the answers they are seeking.”

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Two other bodies were found within an eight-kilometre radius of where Brower’s remains were located.

Amber Tucarro disappeared in August of 2010. Two years later, her body was found in the same area as Brower’s. Police have not said if they believe there is a connection between the cases.

Edmonton police once considered Thomas Svekla a suspect in Brower’s disappearance. In 2008, he was convicted of killing 36-year-old Theresa Innes.

RCMP have not said if Svekla is now a suspect in Brower’s death.

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Mounties have also refused to say if they thought the area was being used as a dumping ground for bodies.

With files from Global News’ Fletcher Kent