Norfolk man charged with indignity to body

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PORT BURWELL — The case of human remains found with a fridge near a Lake Erie bluff remained shrouded in mystery Friday, even as police laid a charge against a man from a nearby county.Four days after they were alerted to the find, Ontario Provincial Police said a Norfolk County man is charged with indignity to human remains, which under the Criminal Code means improperly or indecently interfering with or offering any indignity to a dead body or remains.How the remains ended up down the steep lakeside bluff in Port Burwell, a village southeast of St. Thomas getting ready for its busy summer season, was no closer to being publicly answered, however.The OPP wouldn’t answer questions about any relationship between the accused and the dead person.“There’s not going to be anything that evidenciary (released),” said Elgin OPP Const. Adam Crewdson. “What I can tell you right now is that (the accused) has been charged in connection to this investigation.”Related Criminologist slams OPP for ‘retrograde’ handling of death probe A body. A discarded fridge. A beach town on edge as tourist season looms Police lift body, refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell After social media reports surfaced this week about a body found in a freezer near the lake, an OPP helicopter separately lifted both human remains in a litter and what appeared to be a refrigerator from the area.The airlifts followed a heavy police presence in the Elgin County enclave, home to both cottages and a decommissioned Cold War-era Canadian submarine converted into a tourism attraction.Police have said there’s no threat to the public. That, combined with tight-lipped handling of the case, has drawn criticism from Michael Arntfield, a former London homicide investigator who says such a closed approach fuels speculation when engaging people can be more helpful.The OPP hasn’t said whether a homicide probe is underway, only that its criminal investigations branch is investigating with the Elgin OPP.In Port Burwell, the case has unnerved some residents.“I was super creeped out,” said Jaclyn Mann. “It kind of scares me to live here because I didn’t know what happened or who did it or who I should be afraid of.”“It’s awful,” said Bob Grounlund.”It’s not good. A lot of bad stuff happens around this area, right. Why? I don’t know, but it seems to be like a magnet.”The OPP has canvassed local businesses looking for surveillance video footage. One owner said he released footage to the OPP Thursday.Samuel Waters, 22, is charged and is to appear in court in St. Thomas on [email protected]

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