A Red Deer woman who went missing in February has been confirmed dead after human remains were discovered on a rural property.
Lorie Nichols, who was 49, was last seen in the Michener area in Red Deer on the evening of Feb. 23. She was reported missing that evening by her family.
Blackfalds RCMP said in a statement on Wednesday that they were alerted to the discovery of human remains last Friday.
Red Deer RCMP Forensic Identification Section and Major Crimes South completed an examination of the scene and investigated the circumstances of the discovery of the remains.
An autopsy was conducted at the Calgary Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday and the results revealed it was Nichols.
There is no connection between Nichols and the person who found her in the field. RCMP said her death is not suspicious and no further information will be released.
In early March, her husband Greg Nichols told the Red Deer Advocate that his wife suffered from depression and anxiety over the years.
After she went missing, police undertook ground searches in the area, with support from search and rescue teams, Police Dog Services and the RCMP helicopter.