In February of 2021, Watrous RCMP received a report of human remains in the RM of Morris. Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes took charge of the investigation, and more information about the initial investigation can be found here.
Since then, Major Crimes has been working to identify the remains, in conjunction with Watrous RCMP, Saskatchewan RCMP’s Forensic Identification Services, Police Dog Services, the Saskatchewan Coroners Service, and a forensic anthropologist.
In March 2022, the investigation required the assistance of a forensic genealogy firm. Using DNA, the experts were able to determine the deceased has closely-related relatives in Red Deer, Alberta.
Further investigation determined the remains likely belonged to a woman from Red Deer, who was last seen in January 2021 and has not been reported missing to police.
In January 2023, Saskatchewan RCMP Forensic Identification Services determined the human remains belonged to Kassandra Jorquera, who would have been 27 years old at the time of her death.
Major Crimes continues to investigate Kassandra’s death, which investigators have determined as suspicious.
Investigators want to speak to anyone who has any knowledge of Kassandra’s death or knows anything about her activities in and around January 2021. RCMP says she often frequented Red Deer and is known to have been there in January 2021. She also reportedly visited Grande Prairie. RCMP says her connection to Saskatchewan is unknown as of now.
RCMP says Kassandra was approximately 5’5” and 110 lbs. She had shoulder-length dark brown hair and brown eyes. Her family describes her as having “beautiful” teeth.
“Since February 2021, we’ve worked diligently to identify the person located deceased. We now know it’s Kassandra. Our work continues: we need to retrace all of her steps in January 2021,” says Sgt. Ryan Boogaard from Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes. “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.”
Anyone with information on Kassandra’s death, or know her whereabouts in and around January 2021, should 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 by clicking here.