Human remains found on a beach in Canada are possibly connected to a 19th-century shipwreck, report says

A sandstone beach with rocks piled on top of each other.
Prince Edward Island, Canada. Westend61
  • Human remains found on Canada's Prince Edward Island could be from a 19th-century shipwreck, the police said.

  • Similar evidence of past shipwrecks has been discovered in Canada in recent years.

  • A local said he thought more remains would probably be found in the area as erosion continues.

Human remains found on Canada's Prince Edward Island may be linked to a 19th-century shipwreck, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said.

The force said on Facebook that officers had received reports of human remains found on January 27 at 4 p.m.

Cpl. Gavin Moore of the RCMP told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation it appeared that the cliff "had eroded with time and revealed the human remains."

"Police are investigating, and have not ruled out that the remains could be connected to a historical ship wreck burial," the RCMP said in the Facebook statement, adding that "human remains have been located in this area in the past."

They said the coroner's office responded to the callout and was investigating the discovery.

Moore told the CBC that human remains had previously been discovered in the region in the 1950s and 1960s.

"As it was reported at that time, it was believed that it was possibly connected to a shipwreck from the 1800s," he said.

He added that that was "a separate investigation [but] very similar to this one."

These aren't the only instances that human remains found in Canada have been linked back to 1800s shipwrecks.

In 2019, the CBC reported that the remains of 21 people from an 1847 shipwreck had been discovered in Gaspé, Quebec.

The ship was carrying 180 people from Ireland when it sank off the coast of Cap-des-Rosiers, north of Prince Edward Island, CBC reported.

One local, Rodney Wood, told the CBC that the discovery did not come as a shock to him, saying that his father had found remains in the area multiple times in the past.

"I just think there's probably more bones to be revealed yet, as erosion occurs. I'm sure there will be more bodies discovered, I guess," he added.

Business Insider contacted the RCMP on Prince Edward Island for comment.

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