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Autopsy reveals man found in Elliot Lake woods was homicide victim

Provincial police in northern Ontario say a man whose remains were found in a wooded area on Feb. 14 was the victim of a homicide. Lars Hagberg / File / The Canadian Press

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – Provincial police in northern Ontario say a man whose remains were found in a wooded area on Feb. 14 was the
victim of a homicide.

OPP earlier said the remains, which were found by officers in Elliot Lake, Ont., belong to 31-year-old Joseph Topping.

He had been reported missing on Jan. 8.

The homicide ruling was made following a post-mortem conducted Monday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Police have not indicated how Topping died, nor have they released any suspect information. The OPP Crime Unit is continuing its investigation.

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