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“We’ve employed our search-and-rescue team . . . and they are searching the area for any other remains,” Homicide Det.-Sgt. John Braybrook told reporters on the northwest edge of the property Monday afternoon.
On Monday the investigation into what has been deemed a suspicious death ramped up, with a command unit, several ATVs and nearly a dozen officers stationed near part of the east branch of the Don River, opposite the main clubhouse, across from a sandpit and neatly manicured lawns.
A police cruiser had a section of the 407’s eastbound on-ramp at Bathurst St. cordoned off, near where police say the skull was discovered.
Police have yet to determine a cause of death.
Braybrook said police hope dental records will help make quick work of identifying the skull’s owner.
Though still early in the investigation, Braybrook said there are several missing persons cases in York dating back several decades — the oldest, that of Isabelle Brooks, a 68-year-old woman who disappeared from her Markham home in 1972.
The club is bordered to the east and west by residential properties.
In August 2011, York Regional Police were alerted to another human skull in Whitchurch-Stouffville, found by a local farmer. It was later identified as that of 67-year-old Peter Gavin, the victim of an ongoing homicide investigation. The rest of his remains have not been found.