An autopsy on the victim of a local homicide was completed in Saskatoon last week, according to Prince Albert police.
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Sgt. Brandon Mudry of the Prince Albert Police Service speaks at a press conference on Monday.
Ordered by the Coroner following the death last Monday of 17-year-old Prince Albert resident Clayton James Bear, the autopsy concluded on Thursday.
Police are not releasing details as to the cause of Bear’s death due to the fact that it is a criminal homicide matter.
Regarding the publication of any details from the autopsy, Sgt. Brandon Mudry noted, “They would come out during the trial.”
In the meantime, police have continued to press forward with their ongoing homicide investigation.
On the same Thursday, police executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1900 block of Central Avenue, which had been identified in relation to the investigation.
For multiple days prior to the search, police vehicles could be seen parked outside the residence at all hours.
“We were holding it to obtain a judicial authorization, and that takes time,” Mudry said.
“It’s part of the investigative process to obtain that piece of paper to lawfully gain entry into the residence, so we hold it for continuity’s sake until the time that document’s signed. Then we can lawfully gain entrance and anything seized in there would be considered evidence to the Crown.”
The residence has since been turned back over to its owner.
The investigators continue to pour everything they have into it. Sgt. Brandon Mudry
As part of their investigation, police have interviewed numerous witnesses but have not made any arrests as they continue to follow leads.
Asked whether the homicide might have been related to drugs, Mudry replied, “It’s difficult to say with any amount of certainty whether there was drug involvement … We’re not ruling anything out at this point.”
At this juncture, police have not found any evidence suggesting the homicide stemmed from the shooting that occurred in the 400 block of 28th Street East on April 3.
Mudry declined to speculate on a timeline for the end of the investigation.
“These investigations … You can appreciate, they’re very complex, and the public demands and expects that they be investigated thoroughly,” he said.
“So the investigators continue to pour everything they have into it, and with hope we’ll have resolution.”