Skull discovered in Banff National Park
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:54AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:24PM MDT
RCMP are searching a large area after remains were found on a mountain trail in Banff National Park by a pair of hikers.
Hikers on Cascade Mountain made the discovery on Monday at about 11:10 a.m. and called police.
Banff RCMP and members of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit attended the scene and gathered the remains for transport.
Police are now searching a heavily wooded area where the remains were found and are working on the assumption that the skull that was found is human.
The area was hit hard during June's flooding and there is a lot of debris in the area.
"It's quite boggy back there and basically we're dealing with a square kilometre, which doesn't sound like a big area but that's 1000 metres by a 1000 metres, that's a pretty enormous area that we've dealing with so we're brought in enough personal today to adequately search the area and deal with the situation," said RCMP Inspector Garrett Woolsey.
Search crews are using some pretty high-tech equipment to search the area.
"We have what's called a remote aerial vehicle in the air right now and that's operated by an RCMP member and it's a device sort of like a hobby helicopter but it's got some technical gear on it. Right now we're doing a survey of the area from the air, we're doing video and still photographs and it's a really handy device, that way we don't have to bring a large helicopter into the area to try and get photographs, we can do it right from the ground here," said Woolsey.
Woolsey says the drone gives searchers a great overhead view and also let's them see if there is any danger in the area.
He says they hope to have the search for additional evidence completed by the end of the day.
A number of other bones have also been found and the remains have been sent to the Calgary Medical Examiners Office to determine whether they are in fact human.