September 16, 2017 10:15 am

Thursday Lake Loon, N.S. death ruled a homicide

Nova Scotia RCMP searched an area on Cherry Brook Road in Lake Loon, N.S., on Sept. 15, 2017.

Natasha Pace / Global News

Josiah Kaelin Sparks, 22, has been identified as the homicide victim whose body was found on Thursday in Lake Loon, N.S.

The death, previously considered a “suspicious death” by Nova Scotia RMCP, was announced as a homicide on Saturday.

READ MORE: RCMP investigating suspicious death in Lake Loon, N.S.

Police said in a press release that the death occurred on Thursday, and Sparks’ body was found on Cherry Brook Road shortly after 8 p.m.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

“Obviously the family is very distraught, showing a lot of emotion. Very tragic. This is a very quiet community as you can tell and stuff like this doesn’t happen here so it’s very shocking to everybody,” Marcell Slawter said on Friday.

Police request anyone with information about where Sparks was between Sept. 11-14 to contact them, Halifax Regional Police, or Crime Stoppers.

With a file from Natasha Pace, Global News.

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