A body found in a remote area of Kings County, P.E.I., is believed to be the remains of 27-year-old Summer Kneebone, according to Charlottetown police.
In a news release Friday, police said detectives found the body at 11:40 a.m. The location in Kings County was not disclosed.
“I struggle to call this a victory,” lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Darren MacDougall told CBC News. “The sadness of the family, when you see it first-hand, it really is hard.”
The remains were found outdoors on a rural property, and police have declared the area a crime scene.
The Native Council of Prince Edward Island issued a statement about the development Friday afternoon, saying: “With great sorrow, we have learned of the recovery of remains believed to be Summer Dawn Kneebone.”
The organization, which said Kneebone had accessed its services in the past, had earlier launched a ground search for signs of her with the help of friends, relatives and volunteers.
“We will continue to stand with the family and remain an active presence of support,” the statement continued. “During times of grief, a community chooses to rally together and unite as one. The Native Council community will remain united for Summer and her family.”