KAWARTHA LAKES-Durham Regional police say the results of a post mortem examination conducted on human remains located in Mariposa Township near Woodville has confirmed the identity of one of the two missing females from Whitby.
Members of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP were investigating reports of human remains that were located on The Glen Road in Mariposa Township shortly after 7 p.m., on October 24, 2021. Later that evening, DRPS Investigative Team and the Forensic Identification Unit were notified and assisted with the investigation.
Post Mortem results confirmed the identity of one of the bodies recovered as Ava Burton, age 58 of Scepter Place in Whitby. Investigators have not yet been able to confirm the identity of the second victim recovered at the scene. Post Mortem results indicate obvious signs of trauma to both victims.
Burton was one of two females who were listed as missing after officers were unable to locate them during a wellness check requested by a family member on October 14, 2021.
Joshua Burton, 30, of Whitby is facing two counts of second-degree murder. He is the son of missing woman Ava Burton, 58, and the grandson of missing 85-year-old Tatilda Noble.
Anyone with new information about these homicides is asked to contact Det. McDermott of the Major Crime Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5411.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.