Grisly discovery made south of Morewood
Human remains found in ditch along Steen Rd.

by Matthew Uhrig
Press staff

MOREWOOD – Two walkers made a gruesome discovery Thurs., April 17 while travelling along Steen Road south of Morewood.

At approximately 8:20 pm that day Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry (SD&G) OPP officers responded to the scene as human remains were located in a ditch near where the roadway intersects with Thompson Road.

According to the provincial police force’s spokeswoman, Sgt. Kristine Rae, there is no indication at this time whether the remains are that of a male or female, the age of the individual, or a cause of death. Police also remain tightlipped about what the remains included, and have not confirmed whether it was a full body or associated parts.

Although she would not speculate, Rae did conclude the remains appeared to have been in the Steen Road ditch for some length of time.

A preliminary investigation by officers at the scene determined the remains were human, and they have now been sent to the chief coroner’s office in Oshawa. A post-mortem examination was scheduled to take place Tues., April 22.

The SD&G Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP’s criminal investigation branch, continues to look into the discovery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 613-534-2223 or 1-888-310-1122. 

The Steen and Thompson Roads area, meanwhile, is no stranger to loss of human life.

In February 2007, Randy Rankin (known locally as Koo Koo the Clown or Lunch Box Louie) was shot and killed inside his Thompson Road home. Police at that time said a single bullet fired through a basement window of the house hit Rankin in the skull.

Various reports claim Rankin, who also worked as an announcer at Rideau Carleton Raceway, was outspoken about harness racing corruption, venting his beliefs on websites connected to the sport.

It is believed by many that Rankin was murdered because of the accusations he made.

Rankin’s killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, in September 2002, the body of 58-year-old Fern Patenaude was discovered in a burnt-out pickup truck on Lafleur Road just east of Steen Road.

No one has ever been arrested in relation to Patenaude’s death, while at that time his property had been subject of up to as many as 15 fires, and two of his horses were shot, one killed and sexually mutilated.

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