Human remains found in Haliburton confirmed to be of missing Bowmanville man, foul play suspected

The OPP has confirmed that human remains found near Haliburton are those of David Palmer, who went missing from Bowmanville last year.

Foul play is suspected, police say.

Mr. Palmer, 47, was last seen Oct. 2. On Oct. 14, his car was found near Haliburton.

OPP started searching the area again last week and asked for the public’s help in spotting any sign of the missing man.

Officers found remains May 6. An autopsy conducted Monday concluded the remains were Mr. Palmer’s.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Const. Matthew Carmichael of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit at 705-324-6741.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at as well as Tips can lead to a reward of up to $2,000.

Domestic charge

Police arrested a man, 19, on Monday after a warrant was issued for him following a domestic disturbance.

The man and his girlfriend, 17, were arguing Sunday when she was allegedly hit in the face with a necklace chain.

The man, whose name was not released in order to protect the girl’s identity, was charged with assault with a weapon and three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

He was held in custody and was to appear in court Tuesday.

Unwanted contact

A local woman, 41, called police to report that her ex-boyfriend, 39, was making unwanted contact with her. This allegedly included emails, phone calls and text messages, she told police. She also said the man had been following her and came to her home, where a disturbance happened and a neighbour called police.

The man was later spotted by police while driving and arrested. He was charged with criminal harassment and was held in custody for court Tuesday.

Police did not release his name.

Drug charges

City police charged a 15-year-old boy with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking after being called to a city home.

Officers allegedly found marijuana and a weigh scale in the house.

The boy, whose name cannot be published, was to appear in court Tuesday.

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