Male teen dies sud­denly

RCMP foren­sic unit probe death in Colch­ester County

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE - HAR­MONY RIDGE

An RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way at a res­i­dence on Har­mony Ridge Road in Colch­ester County in­volv­ing the death of a 16-year-old male.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Mark Skin­ner told the Truro Daily News that few de­tails are avail­able for re­lease at this time, in­clud­ing the iden­tity of the male and whether he was a res­i­dent at 488 Har­mony Ridge Rd., where the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is tak­ing place.

“Ev­ery event we have in re­la­tion to a sud­den death, the stance we have to take is to in­ves­ti­gate it as a homi­cide un­til we know oth­er­wise,” he said.

Early Mon­day morn­ing of­fi­cers were seen erect­ing a canopy be­hind a small, white shed at the back of the res­i­dence.

“There is a body,” one nearby res­i­dent said, although that in­di­vid­ual and other neigh­bours in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity said they had not heard or seen any­thing to in­di­cate what had hap­pened.

Skin­ner said po­lice were called to the scene shortly af­ter 4 a.m. Mon­day.

Howard Pyne, who lives di­rectly across the road at Har­mony Ridge Farms, said he had no inkling of any­thing out of the or­di­nary un­til he got up around 5 a.m. and saw a fire truck stopped at the res­i­dence.

Ap­prox­i­mately a kilo­me­tre down the road from the res­i­dence, an RCMP ve­hi­cle was stand­ing by at the scene where a car with vis­i­ble body dam­age was sit­ting in a marsh at the bot­tom of a steep em­bank­ment.

Skid marks and other iden­ti­fy­ing marks in­di­cate that a green Chevro­let Cava­lier had slid up over a me­tal guardrail be­fore end­ing up at the bot­tom of the in­cline among tall weeds and grasses.

Skin­ner said he had no im­me­di­ate in­for­ma­tion to con­nect the two in­ci­dents, nor whether any­one is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated or has been ar­rested in the mat­ter.

Tim John­son, chief of the Salmon River Fire Brigade, said his mem­bers were called out at ap­prox­i­mately 3:30 a.m. in re­sponse to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle mo­tor ac­ci­dent on Har­mony Ridge Road.

“We got there and there was no­body there,” John­son said, of when his crew and later the EHS am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene. “We were wait­ing for the RCMP to show to see if they wanted to tow the ve­hi­cle or what they wanted to do.”

Be­fore the po­lice ar­rived, how­ever, John­son said he re­ceived another call re­lated to a car­diac ar­rest at 488 Har­mony Ridge Rd.

“I was down be­low at the other scene so I drove up and they had EHS on site with an RCMP of­fi­cer and he told me that our ser­vices were no longer re­quired, we could leave,” John­son said. “I got to the doorstep and that’s as far as I was al­lowed to go.”

By late Mon­day morn­ing, the body had been re­moved from the scene by the med­i­cal ex­am­iner and the road has been closed off to through traf­fic.

TC MEDIA PHOTO

Po­lice were at the scene of a sud­den death on Har­mony Ridge Road in Colch­ester County on Mon­day.

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