OPP probe discovery of bodies
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“I’m scared to death,” said the man, who spoke on condition his name not be published.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.
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.