By Red Power Media, Staff
Volunteers with Winnipeg’s Drag the Red found what they believe to be human teeth Monday afternoon on the bank of the Red River.
Drag the Red organizer Bernadette Smith said she received a message about possible remains on the banks of the Red River near Fort Gibraltar Monday.
The group that searches the banks and waters of Winnipeg rivers for clues to missing and murdered loved ones, found what they believe to be four human teeth buried among seashells.
The teeth were shown to a forensic anthropologist who confirmed the teeth were human and instructed them to call police.
Fellow organizer Kyle Kematch made the discovery.
He said he called police around 3:00 pm.
Kematch was still waiting for them to arrive at 6:45 pm.
He feels the police aren’t taking the discovery seriously and is frustrated with the slow response time.
Inspector Jamie Blunden with the Winnipeg Police Service told CTV News the call was put into queue immediately and dealt with based on priority.
Blunden said officers were on scene around 8:30 p.m.
At that time, more than 55 calls were in queue for the 27 police cars currently working to attend.
“We prioritize the best we can. As cars become available, we send them out,” he said.
Kematch showed the teeth to CTV News, but did not want media to take pictures out of respect in case they do belong to a human.
Volunteer group Drag the Red was formed to search the Red River after Tina Fontaine’s body was discovered there in August 2014.
Drag the Red hopes to continue searching until November.