Remains found in Kawartha Lakes confirmed as missing Whitby woman

A post-mortem examination on human remains found in Kawartha Lakes recently confirmed the identity of one of the two missing women from Whitby.

According to Durham Regional Police, Kawartha Lakes OPP were investigating reports of human remains found at a property on The Glen Road shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 24. Later that evening, DRPS was notified and assisted with the investigation.

Police say the results from the exam confirmed one of the bodies recovered as 58-year-old Ava Burton. The identity of the second victim recovered at the scene has not yet been confirmed.

“Post-mortem results indicate obvious signs of trauma to both victims,” reads a report from DRPS.

Ava Burton was one of two women listed as missing after officers were unable to locate them during a wellness check requested by a family member on Oct. 14 of this year. Her mother Tatilda Noble, age 85, was also reported missing.

In the initial release regarding the disappearance, police stated officers located evidence at the scene which indicates suspicious circumstances surrounding their disappearance.

On Oct. 22, officers arrested Joshua Burton, age 30 of Whitby and charged him with two counts of Second Degree Murder.

Police noted the suspect is the son and grandson of the missing women.

Anyone with new information about these homicides is asked to contact Det. McDermott of the Major Crime Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5411.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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