On Feb. 14, 2018, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) located human remains in a wooded area within the City of Elliot Lake, Ont.
A post mortem examination is ongoing at this time and is being conducted at the Office of the Chief Coroner-Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Police have determined that the human remains are that of missing person, Joseph Topping, 31 years of age from Elliot Lake, Ont. He was reported missing on Jan. 8, 2018.
Members of the East Algoma OPP Crime Unit along with North East Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS), under the direction of Detective Inspector Mark Zulinski, of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are conducting the investigation.
The investigation is on-going and further information will be provided when it becomes available.
On Jan. 8, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a missing male from the Elliot Lake, Ont. area.
Police investigation has revealed that Joseph Topping, a 31-year-old male had not been heard from since the beginning of Jan. 2018. He is described as white, approximately 6′ tall, medium build, 180 pounds, short brown hair and balding, blue eyes, full beard, and was last seen on Jan. 7, 2018.
Police and family are concerned for his well-being and are asking the public’s help to locate him. Anyone with information or may know the whereabouts of this Joseph Topping is urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.