RCMP say human remains found near Port Elgin during search for missing man

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RCMP say human remains were found Thursday near an abandoned mobile home off Quarry Road in Coburg. (Shane Magee/CBC - image credit)
RCMP say human remains were found Thursday near an abandoned mobile home off Quarry Road in Coburg. (Shane Magee/CBC - image credit)

RCMP say they have located human remains near Port Elgin in southeastern New Brunswick.

"The New Brunswick RCMP major crime unit has located human remains during the investigation of the suspicious disappearance of a 38-year-old man from Upper Cape, New Brunswick," Cpl. Hans Ouellette with New Brunswick RCMP said on Friday morning.

Ouellette said the remains will be sent for an autopsy to confirm the person's identity and cause of death.

Ouellette said information from the public led police to the scene on Thursday outside an abandoned mobile home in Coburg where the remains were found.

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Ouellette said police were already in the area carrying out searches for James (Jamie) Leard of Upper Cape.

Coburg is a rural area about 17 kilometres west of Upper Cape.

Leard was last seen at a home in Upper Cape on May 26. He was reported missing two days later.

On the same day, his silver 2012 Mazda 3 was found abandoned in Springhill, N.S.

RCMP have described his disappearance as suspicious based on information gathered during the investigation.

"We are currently still awaiting positive identification, so we cannot confirm yet that we have located the body of Jamie Leard," he Ouellette said.

Investigators have been in contact with his family to keep them informed of the discovery.

On Thursday, a Facebook page set up to help the search for Leard was changed to a memorial page with people posting memories of Leard and condolence messages to his family.

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RCMP/Submitted

An RCMP cruiser was parked outside his home on Friday. Police tape was strung across the driveway.

Neighbour Helen Wall told CBC her children grew up with Leard. She teared up as she described him as someone who would help anyone.

"He'd just do anything for anybody," she said.

She last saw him May 25 when Leard drove by her home and he waved like he always did when going by.

Wall and comments on the Facebook memorial page said he had volunteered with the Bayfield-Cape Tormentine Fire Department.