Burial

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⚠ CAUTION: Information presented on this page is blunt and technical, as it's intended for the BC Coroners Service to aid with the recovery of Lisa's remains.  This is the shortest possible version of the facts. There's a lot more to this story, but this is a summary of the details required to actually locate and excavate the grave.


Victim

  • 21-year-old woman of mixed European and Indigenous heritage
  • 52kg, 163cm
  • long brown hair
  • dressed all in black:
    • black shirt
    • black skirt
    • black imitation-leather crop jacket
    • distinctive black thigh-high zip-up thigh-high boots
    • a belt made up of several heavy 4" stainless-steel rings (~8 gauge × ~4″)

Location

  • Precisely 49.14502, -123.97504
  • adjacent to the back of the home located at 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road (Nanaimo)
  • approx. 8 to 10 feet below a 4ft² concrete slab.

Burial Method

  • A deep (possibly 10 feet) hole was dug using a backhoe.
    • The backhoe arrived on a trailer towed by a pickup truck.
  • The body was tossed in, fully clothed, and the hole was immediately back-filled.
    • Witness claims were later corroborated by neighbour who witnessed burial.[1]
      The victim may have still been breathing at the time that she was buried.

Concealment

The grave was intentionally concealed by means of at least two methods:

Concrete

  • Immediately after burial, a 4ft² concrete slab was poured above.
    • This witness claim is corroborated by historical aerial imagery showing the addition of the slab between 1999 and 2003.[2]

Garden

  • Several months later, the concrete square was covered with soil, and a garden was planted above.
    • This witness claim is corroborated by historical aerial imagery showing the addition of a garden sometime prior to 2006.[2]

Unearthed

  • Several years later, new owners unearthed the oddly-located and impractically-sized "patio", which has since been home to a wooden picnic table.
    • This was deduced based on public records and historical aerial imagery between 2009 and 2018.[2]
  • In 2022, a full-sized patio was poured behind the home, incorporating the existing concrete square, which is clearly a different shade compared to the newly-poured area.
    • This claim is based on current satellite imagery.[2]

Recovery

A number of details should be considered prior to excavation of Lisa's remains:

Detection

  • Detection of the remains using Ground Penetrating Radar or a Resistivity method requires removal of the concrete.
  • The coordinates provided are precise however the exact depth is unknown.
    It may be helpful to use a Metal Detector to determine burial depth — the victim was likely buried wearing a belt made up of heavy steel (~4″) rings, and her boots had long ("thigh high") metal zippers.

Equipment

Equipment required for recovery of the remains includes:

  • Concrete saw
  • Jackhammer
  • Mini excavator (eg., 3-ton, rubber tracks)
  • Metal detector (to determine depth)

Aerial Images

Aerial Imagery
Lisa Marie Young is buried at precisely 49.14502, -123.97504 beneath the 4ft² concrete slab adjacent to the back of the residence at 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road.   Image Source: City of Nanaimo Esri® ArcGIS NanaimoMap, 1996-2022 [2]
Aerial Imagery 1996-2022
Historical aerial imagery of Lisa Young's burial site 49.14502, -123.97504 (827 Nanaimo Lakes Road)   Image Source: City of Nanaimo Esri® ArcGIS NanaimoMap[2], 1996-2022
Aerial Image, measured
827 Nanaimo Lakes Road, backyard measurements and area
Image Source: City of Nanaimo Esri® ArcGIS NanaimoMap[2], 1996-2022


Additional property details

The backyard of 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road is approximately 1620m².

Learn More about the property at 827 Nanaimo Lakes Road.

See Also:

Bedrock Conditions

Often exposed, area bedrock comprises conglomerate and gritstone, minor sandstone, siltstone and carbonaceous shale and coal.[3]

Soil Conditions

The area has high clay content[3] and soil in the area is made up of glacial till generally overlying bedrock.[3]

Climate

Average monthly precipitation varies from 24mm in July, to 193mm in December. 77% of annual rainfall occurs during the 6 months of October to March.[4]

On average, Nanaimo has 180 frost free days per year (50%) mid April to late October.[4]

Chase River Fault

The Chase River Fault, a strike-slip tectonic fault line bisects Colliery Dam Park, forming a geological boundary, and appears to continue directly below the burial location.[3][5]



See Also

Sources

  1. Kendall Hanson, CHEK News (Dec 17, 2020), Nanaimo RCMP conduct new searches in nearly two-decade-old case cn20201217
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Aerial Imagery: City of Nanaimo (1996—2022), Esri® ArcGIS 'NanaimoMap'
        → For historical satellite photos, change "Base Map" to "All Aerial Imagery"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Golder Associates, City of Nanaimo (2015), Factual Geotechnical Report for Colliery Dams Remediation Project (PDF, 277 pages) (Local copy)
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R. Jungen et al, Ministries of Environment, Agriculture & Fisheries, Government of British Columbia (1989), Soils of Southeast Vancouver Island  (PDF, 226 pages) (Local copy)
  5. Nick Doe, Gabriola Historical & Museum Society (2009), "Gabriola's structural geology" (PDF, 15 pages) (Local copy)