Ottawa police suspend search for Nunavut woman’s remains

But OPS says police “remain dedicated to ensure Susan is found”

After two weeks spent searching Ottawa’s Trail Road waste facility for the remains of Susan Kuplu, Ottawa police say they will pause the operation to give searchers a rest. (Image courtesy of Google Maps)

By Sarah Rogers

Ottawa police have temporarily suspended a search for the remains of Susan Kuplu.

Kuplu, 37, originally from Igloolik, was last seen in Ottawa on Jan. 10.

Her 18-year-old daughter, Lennese Kublu, and Kublu’s boyfriend, Dwight Brown, have since been charged with her homicide. The mother and daughter spell their family names differently.

The Ottawa Citizen reported that Kublu admitted to killing her mother and disposing of her body in a dumpster near their Penny Drive home.

Ottawa police investigators launched a search at the nearby Trail Road waste facility on Jan. 26.

But two weeks into that search, the Ottawa Police Service says its searchers and the city’s heavy machinery operators have faced extreme weather conditions and will take an “operation pause.”

“This is essential to guarantee the safety and well-being of all search team members,” said OPS detective Chris Benson in a Feb. 11 statement.

“I understand this is difficult on Susan’s family and friends. However, all the members involved in the search and investigation remain dedicated to ensure Susan is found and provided [with a] deserved resting place.”

The focus of the search will continue to be on the Trail Road waste facility, police said.

Both Kublu and Brown are scheduled to appear in Ottawa court this week, while lawyers prepare a disclosure of evidence.

Brown remains in custody at the maximum-security area of the Ottawa Carleton detention centre, while Kublu is being held in the centre’s women’s section.

Ottawa’s first homicide of the year has reverberated in Nunavut, and particularly Igloolik, where both mother and daughter lived before relocating to Ottawa a few years ago.

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