Human remains found in wooded area north of Campbellford

Police have not confirmed identity, but friends and family of Nicole Smith reportedly believe the remains are those of the missing woman

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Police are investigating after human remains were discovered on Saturday (April 13) inside a wooded area of Lions Club Park on County Road 50 north of Campbellford.

On Saturday evening at around 6:30 p.m., officers from the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to the area after citizens discovered the remains.

Police say the investigation is in the early stages and the identity of the remains is still unknown.

However, CHEX News reports on Twitter that family and friends of Nicole Smith “are confident” the remains are hers. The 25-year-old woman was last seen in Campbellford on August 23, 2018.

On Saturday afternoon, freelance photojournalist Harrison Perkins reported on Twitter that family and friends of Nicole Smith were conducting a search for the missing woman in the Campbellford area.

Police say the provincial coroner attended the scene and the human remains have been sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences, where a post-mortem examination will be conducted.

Police advise that there is no public safety concern at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and police will release further information when it becomes available.