Human remains found in NS may be those of hunter missing 40 years

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TRURO, N.S. - RCMP say the remains of a hunter who got lost almost 40 years ago in woods near Lansdowne, N.S., may have been found.
A forestry worker with a tree planting crew discovered the bones Saturday in an area just off Russell Lake. The remains were partially covered with brush, fallen trees and leaves.
Cpl. Andrew Joyce, with Pictou County RCMP, said Tuesday there were pieces of evidence found at the scene that led investigators to believe the remains could be those of the missing hunter.
The officer would not say what evidence was found, nor would he indicate whether a hunting rifle was recovered.
On Oct. 22, 1969, Don Roderick Beaton, 39, of Stellarton was the subject of several extensive searches. He had entered the woods alone at nearby Glengarry in the Dryden Lake area to hunt deer.
A Pictou man who took part in a number of searches for Beaton that fall said Tuesday night he remembers those sad days.
"There were a good many times we searched the area, but I'm not really sure where they recovered the remains and whether or not we searched that area," he said.
Since the remains have not been positively identified as those of the missing hunter, the searcher asked not to be named.
"I can tell you this, there was no organized search and rescue group at that time, but there was one founded as a result of his being lost," he said.
"There were fellows from two of the local paper companies and guys from Lands and Forests who took part in the searches, but we never found a thing. ... That was 40 years ago, and we were strong, young fellows then and didn't mind walking 14 miles in the woods."

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: NS, Lansdowne, Russell Lake Stellarton Pictou

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