Alberta RCMP believe human remains found on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation on Monday are those of a man missing since November.
Bradley Holloway, 41, was last seen in Morley, Alta., on Nov. 22, 2019.
RCMP said Tuesday they found the remains on Monday after receiving a tip from the public. Police said Wednesday that though testing is necessary for definitive identification, the remains are believed to be those of Holloway, based on items found at the scene.
“Holloway’s disappearance is not considered suspicious at this time,” Cpl. Troy Savinkoff of the Cochrane RCMP said in a news release. “We are still actively investigating this matter and are open to many possibilities.”
Marjorie Holloway is wondering how she is going to cope without seeing her son again.
“This has really brought a lot of pain, a lot of heartache knowing that he will never come back home again,” she said through tears on Tuesday.
Holloway said she is in shock over her family’s loss.
“He was very kind. Even though he had nothing, he was always there to offer help to other people,” she said.
Lena Rider said her cousin Bradley felt like a brother to her, adding that he was well-known in the community.
“I’d like to remember Bradley as a very loving, caring, humble person,” she said.
“He wasn’t a troublemaker. He had peace everywhere. He lived life to the fullest even though he was just on his legs getting everywhere.”
Rider said her cousin was independent.
“Bradley would never get lost in the bushes or in the mountains; he was a mountain man and he was a natural horseman,” she said.
That his remains were found is simultaneously good and bad news, Rider said, adding that her family organized their own search operations.
“I’m just so glad they found his remains. Now we’ve got closure — but the justice system is so messed up, I don’t know if justice will be done,” she said.
“It’s sad to see my auntie hurt so much with no answers.”
Police are asking anyone with information about Bradley’s disappearance to call the Cochrane RCMP detachment at 403-851-8000 or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.