In Could 2020, Greg Fertuck’s former common-law companion instructed police that Greg Fertuck claimed to have used a “machine” to bury his estranged spouse’s physique at a gravel pit.
The RCMP contacted a forensic anthropologist who advisable utilizing ground-penetrating radar on the web site. Officers have been instructed the expertise might be used to scan flat areas round piles of gravel based on testimony from Const. Robert Head.
“If even when the bottom was put again over (a physique), utilizing the ground-penetrating radar, they’d see the excavation marks within the grime,” Head stated.
Courtroom heard the piles of gravel had been moved round since Sheree’s disappearance on Dec. 7,2015, from the realm east of Kenaston, Sask., which is about 85 km south of Saskatoon.
A seven-hour search effort revealed six “anomalies” on the pit, together with one space of curiosity that would have been a burial web site. Crews introduced in a tractor to dig into the earth.
“They searched down roughly 5 ft and they didn’t uncover something of relevance with reference to this investigation,” Head stated.
The officer stated rocks, boulders and different insignificant objects is also liable for anomalies.
Cpl. Ronald Degooijer, the RCMP’s search coordinator following the undercover investigation, additionally testified, saying he concluded Greg Fertuck couldn’t have dug a gap in an open space of the pit as a result of frost within the floor.
Within the spring of 2016, officers performed a shoulder-to-shoulder search of the gravel pit. Their examination revealed two .22 calibre shell casings, which the Crown contends have been from the Ruger 10/22 rifle used to shoot Sheree.
Whereas Head was on the stand, Crown prosecutor Cory Bliss operated GPS software program to plot the casing places on a map. He then confirmed the tracked actions of the car Greg Fertuck rode in on the day he led undercover officers to the pit.
Greg Fertuck led RCMP officers to a location close to the realm the place police beforehand discovered the 2 casings. On the time, he didn’t know police discovered any casings.
An RCMP forensics report decided the 2 casings have been shot from the identical rifle, however was inconclusive as to whether or not they matched casings taken from Greg Fertuck’s residence.
His journey to the pit got here on June 21, 2019 – the identical day he instructed an undercover officer posing as against the law boss that he shot Sheree twice, loaded her physique into the again of his pickup truck and drove it from the pit to a close-by bluff of poplar timber. He stated he lined Sheree’s physique with some logs within the wooded space.
Greg Fertuck was arrested on June 24, 2019, and charged with first-degree homicide and providing an indignity to a physique.
Inside days of Greg Fertuck’s arrest, officers used a police canine to seek for Sheree’s physique, starting with the realm the accused recognized. The next month, officers walked via the encompassing space.
In Could 2020, police used eight quads to go looking an expanded space for the physique.
Sheree’s physique remains to be lacking, together with the rifle police consider Greg Fertuck used.
Courtroom additionally heard testimony of a bit of denim present in gravel crushing gear in August 2019. A father and son had been crushing gravel on the pit the place Sheree is believed to have gone lacking.
Throughout cross-examination by defence lawyer Mike Nolin, Head stated the denim didn’t match what Sheree was carrying on the day she went lacking. Nolin advised that Sheree’s brother, Darren Sorotski, stated she was carrying a denim shirt that day.
Nolin requested if there was a stain on the denim, and the witness stated he solely remembered it being “outdated and tattered.”
The entire Crown’s proof over the course of practically eight weeks has been entered in a voir dire. Justice Richard Danyliuk has not but dominated on how a lot of the Crown’s case can be admissible on the judge-alone trial.
The Crown is predicted to shut its case on Thursday.
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