OPP probe dis­cov­ery of bod­ies

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - FRONT PAGE - JONATHAN JUHA

OPP say they don’t be­lieve there’s a threat to pub­lic safety af­ter three bod­ies were dis­cov­ered in a ru­ral area south­west of Lon­don.

Po­lice be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter the bod­ies were dis­cov­ered shortly be­fore 10 a.m. Sun­day near Bod­kin Road and Jones Drive, near Oneida Na­tion of the Thames, in Mid­dle­sex Cen­tre. The deaths are be­ing “treated as sus­pi­cious,” the OPP said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and the OPP have closed Bod­kin Road at Jones Drive.

“Units are ar­riv­ing to con­duct a more ex­ten­sive ev­i­dence search of the area to en­sure all per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion is avail­able to in­ves­ti­ga­tors,” said Mid­dle­sex County OPP Const. Max Gomez, adding there’s no threat to the pub­lic at this time.

One man who lives in the area said the dis­cov­ery has left him badly rat­tled.

“I’m scared to death,” said the man, who spoke on con­di­tion his name not be pub­lished. “It’s just too close to home.”

Kylie Ge­orge and her twoyear-old daugh­ter, Kyrie, were out­side their Bod­kin Road home, near where the bod­ies were found.

“I feel a lit­tle creeped out, es­pe­cially be­cause I have my daugh­ter with me,” she said. “I al­most de­cided to stay at my mom’s last night.”

Jes­sica Hill, chief of the Oneida Na­tion of the Thames, said the com­mu­nity of­fers its con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims whose bod­ies were found north of the First Na­tion.

“This in­ci­dent is a great con­cern for our na­tion and demon­strates an is­sue for our com­mu­nity safety and the greater need for ad­di­tional polic­ing ... within our ter­ri­tory,” she said in a state­ment.

The Mid­dle­sex OPP ma­jor crime unit, OPP West Re­gion crim­i­nal op­er­a­tions, and OPP foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices are help­ing to probe the dis­cov­ery.

Det. Insp. Pete Lip­trott is di­rect­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with the as­sis­tance of the of­fice of the chief coro­ner and the On­tario foren­sic pathol­ogy ser­vice.

JONATHAN JUHA/ POST­MEDIA NEWS

Mid­dle­sex County OPP of­fi­cers re­main at the scene near Bod­kin Road and Jones Drive, near Oneida Na­tion of the Thames, in Mid­dle­sex Cen­tre, where three bod­ies were dis­cov­ered Sun­day morn­ing.

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