Investigators have identified human remains found in Welland earlier this month as a St. Catharines woman who went missing back in September.
In a news released issued Tuesday, Niagara police said officers were called to the Schisler Road and Darby Road area in Welland back on Feb. 17, after someone reported finding what they thought was a human body.
Police say they recovered the remains with the help of the OPP, and a post mortem examination was conducted last week in Toronto.
The remains have been identified as Samantha Leigh Lambert of St. Catharines. She was first reported missing in September of last year, and her disappearance had been “continuously investigated” since then, police say.
A cause of death has not yet been determined, but further examination is taking place, police say. Whether or not foul play is suspected is “part of the ongoing investigation,” Niagara Police spokesperson Stephanie Sabourin said in an email.
Police say they want to speak to anyone who has information on Lambert’s disappearance, or how she died.
On September 7th 2018, a missing person report was filed for a nineteen year old Thorold resident, Samantha Leigh Lambert.
Investigators from the 1 District (St. Catharines) Detective Office are handling the investigation. At this time, there is a general concern for her welfare because she has had no contact with family for several days.
Samantha is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet tall with a thin build and long brown hair. See attached photograph.
Members of the public are encouraged to be on the look out and anyone with information is requested to contact the Niagara Regional Police.