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Investigator's hunch helps lead to identification of missing Calgary man

Last Updated Dec 4, 2019 at 6:12 pm MST

(PHOTO: Calgary Police Service)

CALGARY – Police say human remains found in northern Alberta last fall have been identified as those of a Calgary man who disappeared more than four years ago.

Bradley Shaw, who was 27, was last seen by relatives in Calgary on Sept. 2, 2015.

Security video showing him in Airdrie, Alta., that same day is believed to be the last time he was seen alive.

“The investigation at this point believes that Mr Shaw was likely murdered in September of 2015 somewhere between the community of Airdrie and Slave Lake,” Staff Sgt. with the Calgary Police Service Martin Schiavetta said. “Some citizens in the area of Slave Lake came across human remains and they immediately contacted the local RCMP detachment.”

The remains were discovered near Slave Lake in October 2018 and, a year later, the RCMP released a composite sketch and model rendering to help identify them.

Calgary police say an investigator with the missing persons unit saw the sketch and suspected the man was Shaw, and the chief medical examiner’s office then used dental records to confirm the identity.

The cause of death has not been released and no one has been arrested, but a homicide investigation continues.