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The Saskatoon Police Service announced that members of their Major Crimes Section and Public Safety Unit will be conducting a search of the city’s landfill. The search is sparked by evidence found during the investigation into the disappearance of Mackenzie Lee Trottier. 

Trottier was 22 years old in December 2020, when she was first reported missing. She was last seen in the 300 block of Trent Crescent in Saskatoon’s College Park East neighborhood. 

Since that time, investigators say they have pursued several leads, released video surveillance, and maintained public awareness in efforts to locate Mackenzie alongside the Trottier family. 

Police say in a media release sent out today that in late 2023, a substantial amount of data was collected which targeted a specific area of the landfill that may contain evidence in the investigation. The area identified is located at 42 Valley Road and is around 930 cubic meters and approximately one meter in depth. 

Police say the search will utilize resources from the SPS along with dogs from the RCMP E Division and the Calgary Police Service. 

Teams working on the search will also be consulting with forensic anthropologist Dr. Ernie Walker, who has worked on many cases of missing and murdered women in the province.  

SPS has set aside 33 days for the search, and it is set to begin on May 1.