The OPP are now treating the investigation as a homicide based on the evidence in the post mortem evaluation.

Police say an autopsy was concluded this week on the body of 31-year-old Joseph Topping of Elliot Lake. 

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.saultcrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.  


On February 14, 2018, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police located human remains in a wooded area within the City of Elliot Lake.

Police now say they have determined the remains are that of missing person, 31-year-old Joseph Topping of Elliot Lake.

Topping was reported missing on January 8th.

A post mortem investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Chief Coroner in Sault Ste. Marie.