Banff RCMP have shut down a popular scenic drive west of the town site to facilitate an evidence search

Police have closed Vermilion Lakes Road, a popular destination for tourists, after bones were found in the area a few weeks ago. The Medical Examiner has determined the bones are human.

Members of the RCMP Calgary Major Crime Unit, ‘K’ Division Special Tactical Operations Unit, the RCMP Calgary Police Dog Section, and the RCMP Calgary Forensic Identification Section, conducted a grid search on Wednesday in the hope the melting snow may reveal additional evidence. More bones were discovered and will be examined by forensics and the Medical Examiner.

The closure of the road is expected to remain in effect until Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

Vermilion Lakes is a 4.3 km scenic road which is open year-round and is part of the 26 km Banff Legacy Trail.