Now that the investigation is over, there are still lingering questions regarding the last days of Ruby Barnes. The investigation has been closed and the family will be able to say their final goodbyes to their loved one.
"Our investigation is now complete," explained Staff Sgt Darren Simons of the Carlyle RCMP. We involved our forensic identification section, our reconstructionist who deals with traffic collisions, as well as our major crimes sections and we covered all avenues of the investigation to make sure we were accurate with our resolution."
"We believe it was just a tragic conclusion to a long, drawn-out affair. We don't believe there was anything criminal involved. It started with a collision and then after the collision, Mrs. Barnes passed away due to causes we can't exactly confirm because of the time."
He added that there isn't that sense of closure that comes when most cases are closed.
"We'd like to know. Most of us who join the police force, we like it how you see it on TV, in an hour, you know who did, when they did it and everything was resolved in an hour. We don't know exactly what happened and we probably will never know exactly what happened because of the time between the disappearance and the finding of Mrs. Barnes. We've got some closure but we would like to know exactly what happened and I don't think we ever will."
This was a case that had a far-reaching impact even beyond the southeast. From family members, to volunteers, to those who just kept an eye out for her, many people are feeling the loss.
"In this instance, where the vehicle was, it was hard to see. And that's what everyone is having a really hard time dealing with. Farmers were taking down a canola crop nearby but from the angle they were at, they couldn't see the vehicle. We don't fault anyone in this, fortunately, we were able to finally find the vehicle and bring somewhat closure to the file."
Ruby Barnes will be laid to rest later today.