The Centre for Forensic Sciences (CFS) has confirmed the discovery of a human skull on the Niagara Escarpment at McNeilly Road near 8th Road East.
The skull was discovered by a hiker Tuesday evening.
Hamilton police are currently on scene in the McNeilly Road area conducting a grid search. McNeilly Road will be closed for most of the day as the search continues.
The police and CFS investigation raises potential links to the Shirley Treadwell investigation. Treadwell, 61, who died in August of 2009, was described as having “a diminished mental capacity.” During her later years, Treadwell lived with her niece, Melinda Evans.
According to court testimony, following Treadwell’s death Evans bundled her aunt’s remains into a minivan and drove around for a few hours before placing the corpse in a stroller and leaving it in a backyard for two days.
Evans later told police she buried the body in a back field in the McNeilly Road area, but the remains were never found. At the time, police were investigating the possibility the remains were carried away by animals.
Police have not confirmed the identity of the skull. The CFS is conducting further testing.
Evans, 46, pleaded guilty to interfering with Treadwell’s remains, as well as to fraud over $5,000 for cashing more than $47,000 worth of Ontario Disability Support Program cheques. Evans was ordered to pay restitution. She was sentenced to two years in prison, with three years probation and 100 hours of community service. Five other fraud-related charges were withdrawn.