Nathan Burke identified as victim in 'suspicious death' in Charlottetown

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Police tape marks the scene on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown where Nathan Burke died on Saturday. (Brian Higgins/CBC - image credit)
Police tape marks the scene on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown where Nathan Burke died on Saturday. (Brian Higgins/CBC - image credit)

Charlottetown police have confirmed that the victim of what they are calling a "suspicious death" on Saturday is 25-year-old Nathan Burke.

In a news release Monday afternoon, police are asking anyone who had contact with Burke on Friday or Saturday to call their non-emergency number at 902-629-4172 and speak with investigators.

"A forensic autopsy is being performed today and we await those results," the release said.

"Our investigators are actively following up on all tips and information from the public. There is also considerable amount of forensic testing that will need to be completed in the days and weeks ahead as we investigate this very serious matter."

Police said they are still determining the circumstances around Burke's death and who may be responsible.

The scene of the death, a residence on St. Peters Road, was marked off with yellow police tape on Monday. Police officers have remained at the site.

Burke's aunt said he was an MMA fighter who travelled to Thailand to improve his skills. He was a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy, trained to be a corrections officer.

Nathan Burke is described by his family as funny, carefree and well loved.
Nathan Burke is described by his family as funny, carefree and well loved.(Submitted by family)

Burke's sister, Tanya MacLean, sent a statement about the loss of her brother to CBC News through Facebook Messenger on Monday afternoon.

"Nathan was funny, carefree and well loved by his family and friends," the message said. "We as his family are devastated and truly saddened by the events surrounding his death.

"We appreciate everyone who has taken the time out to send condolences and well wishes. We truly appreciate it."

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