Human remains discovered here in Saint John in 2012 have finally been identified as those of 27-year Cheryl Pine of Moncton. The woman was reported missing to the Codiac Regional RCMP in Moncton in August of 2004. An investigation determined she had the victim of murder – but – her body was never discovered. Then in 2009 – David Joseph Ouellette was convicted of manslaughter in her death and sentenced to life in prison.
Last month – RCMP requested a DNA sample from one of Cheryl Pyne’s family members and submitted it to the National Missing Persons DNA Program – a relatively new national DNA matching program and matched with unidentified remain discovered here in 2012. New Brunswick RCMP say it is the first time they have successfully used the program.
In a statement – members of the family say “it is with deep relief that the remains of our family member, Cheryl Pine, have been located after being reported missing in August 2004. This has been horrific and unbearable at times.”
Meantime – police continue to investigate the death of Pyne’s mother – 45-year old Kathryn Pyne-Welner – who was murdered in 2005. RCMP are asking anyone with information about this case “to contact the Major Crime Unit at 1-888-506-RCMP (7267). Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.