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Remains of Red Deer woman identified in Saskatchewan investigation

Investigators ask public for assistance
Human remains discovered in Saskatchewan in 2021 recently have been identified as belonging to Kassandra Jorquera, 27, of Red Deer. (Contributed by RCMP)

Human remains located in Saskatchewan in February 2021 have been identified as a Red Deer woman.

In March 2022, genealogy experts were able to determine the deceased individual had closely-related relatives in the Red Deer area.

In January 2023, Saskatchewan RCMP Forensic Identification Services conclusively determined the human remains belong to Kassandra Jorquera, who would have been 27 years old at the time of her death.

“We now know it’s Kassandra. Our work continues: we need to retrace all of her steps in January 2021,” said Sgt. Ryan Boogaard from Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes, in a statement.

Major Crimes continues to investigate the circumstances of Jorquera’s death, which investigators have determined is suspicious in nature.

The investigation began after Watrous RCMP responded to a report on Feb. 28, 2021 of a human skull located in a field in the Rural Municipality of Morris by people looking for shed antlers.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who has information about Jorquera’s death, or has knowledge of her activities in and around January 2021.

Kassandra often frequented Red Deer and is known to have been there in January 2021. She also visited Grande Prairie periodically. Her connection to Saskatchewan is unknown at this time.

Jorquera is described as 1.6 metres tall (five feet, five inches), and weighing 45 kilograms (110 pounds). She had shoulder-length dark brown hair and brown eyes, and her family describes her as having “beautiful” teeth.

“I know it was some time ago, but we’re asking people – particularly in the Red Deer area – to take a look at her picture and think back. Did you know Kassandra? Did you speak with her or encounter her in the weeks after New Year’s 2021? You may have a piece of the puzzle that will help us determine what happened to her in those final weeks of her life,” Boogaard said.

Anyone with information on Kassandra’s death, or whereabouts in and around January 2021, is asked to contact Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes at 639-625-4535. Information can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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