Police identify human remains found in Vaughan
York Regional Police investigate the discovery of a human skull near Bathurst Street and Highway 407 on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Katie Simpson/CP24)
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Friday, January 18, 2013 9:04AM EST
Human remains found in Vaughan last Sunday are those of a Toronto man who had been missing for 18 months, York Regional Police say.
Police announced Friday that the remains are those of 76-year-old Robert Hagans, who was reported missing in July 2011.
In a news release, police said there is no evidence to suggest foul play in Hagans’ death.
Police launched an investigation after a human skull was found by a passerby in a wooded area near Uplands Golf and Ski Club, near Highway 407 and Bathurst Street.
After Hagans was reported missing, Toronto police issued an appeal for tips in an effort to locate him. According to an advisory at the time, he was last seen July 22, 2011, near Finch Avenue East and Don Mills Road.
At a news conference, his three sons asked the public for their help to locate the retired mechanical engineer.
York Regional Police are still seeking information about the case. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 1-866-287-5025 ext. 7865 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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