RCMP con­tin­ues to look for an­swers in We’ko­qma’q sus­pi­cious death

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SYD­NEY— Just over six weeks after Cas­sidy Bernard was found dead in her We’ko­qma’q home, RCMP in Nova Sco­tia are once again re­quest­ing pub­lic as­sis­tance with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “We do not be­lieve this to have been a ran­dom act and con­tinue to ask the pub­lic to come for­ward with any in­for­ma­tion that may help this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Sgt. Glenn Bon­vie of the RCMP North­east Nova Ma­jor Crimes Unit, in a press re­lease is­sued Thurs­day morn­ing. The RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing led by its North­east Nova Ma­jor Crimes Unit with as­sis­tance from the RCMP Foren­sic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Unit, the Nova Sco­tia Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Ser­vice, and the com­mu­nity of We’ko­qma’q (formerly re­ferred to as Way­cobah).

The 22-year-old Bernard was found dead in her home on Oct. 24. Two in­fant chil­dren were also in the home at the time.

Since her death, We’ko­qma’q has of­fered a re­ward for in­for­ma­tion and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and oth­ers marched across the Canso Cause­way to bring aware­ness to her death and miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women.

“We un­der­stand that this im­pacts an en­tire com­mu­nity that is look­ing for an­swers,” said Bon­vie.

“These in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plex and can take a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time to ex­am­ine the ev­i­dence and make a de­ter­mi­na­tion about what hap­pened.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion is en­cour­aged to call Way­cobah RCMP at 902-7563371.

Should you wish to re­main anony­mous, call Nova Sco­tia Crime Stop­pers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or sub­mit a se­cure web tip at www.crimestop­pers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

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