Investigation continuing into sudden deaths in Southwest Brook cabin

Frank Gale
Published on September 11, 2013

With a guard outside in a police car, RCMP officers with the major crime unit and the forensic identification section out of Corner Brook were on the scene at a cabin in Southwest Brook Tuesday afternoon. Two bodies were found inside the cabin the previous day.

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STEPHENVILLE  Const. Ryan Meko of the Bay St. George RCMP said the two bodies found in a cabin in Southwest Brook on Monday morning were that of a 67-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman.

The cabin, like many in the province, is located on a dirt road near Southwest River, a popular salmon stream. Cabins dot both sides of the road as it gets closer to where the river dumps into Main Gut, a large body of water that extends from that point and on to Stephenville Crossing.

A glance to the right in a lane off the dirt road reveals some yellow tape strung across a driveway, which state “police line do not cross” in both English and French.

From the main road, it’s the only indication that just one day before there were two sudden deaths inside the cabin. A closer look reveals a police car with an officer sitting behind the wheel.

Tuesday morning, investigators were still carrying out their work at this cabin in an area that seemed so serene on this bright fall day, with the sun beaming down and the wind shaking the trees.

That afternoon, Meko, speaking about the incident in front of the Bay St. George RCMP detachment in Stephenville, was tight-lipped on providing much more information on the deaths of the two people, other than to say there is no concern for public safety for residents of the area.

Meko couldn’t provide any details of whether there was a weapon used or how long the investigation will go on, other than to say “as long as it takes.”

The RCMP major crime unit and the forensic identification section out of Corner Brook are assisting the Bay St. George RCMP with the investigation into the deaths. Both those units have been on the scene since Monday afternoon.

Bay St. George RCMP received notification of the deaths at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Meko said he couldn’t reveal where the two are from, whether they are a couple or any details that might lead to their identity at this time. He said the next of kin have been notified for one of the two victims, while police are still trying to get in contact with some next of kin of the other.

While he expects further details will be released after autopsies have been performed in St. John’s on Wednesday, he was not sure what time of day they will be completed.