The family of Burk has released a statement saying Burk’s vehicle and body were found last Friday morning in the Evansburg area by a plane. Evansburg is about 80 kms west of Edmonton.
Jewel, her dog, was found alive and taken to a shelter and was returned home.
Police believe Burk’s vehicle became stuck and she left the vehicle to seek help. The area where she became stuck is not frequented by travellers, police said.
RCMP are awaiting autopsy results.
Burk was reported missing from a Red Deer County address on March 13th and was last seen by a family friend at the Deer Park Co-op in Red Deer at 8 p.m. on March 12th. Though not diagnosed medically, Burk was possibly suffering from dementia-related symptoms. Since Burk’s disappearance the family had spearheaded searches and covered areas north to Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema), east as far as Gadsby, south as far as Big Valley and west out to Rocky Mountain House. Air searches were also conducted by Search and Rescue.
In the statement released Sunday evening, the family said they would like to send out huge thank you’s to all of the wonderful volunteers that helped at the searches, as well as the Deer Park Alliance Church for the use of their facility.
“We did our best but didn’t quite reach her in time. Roze has now rejoined her husband and oldest son as an angel and will be dearly missed by many here on earth.