UPDATE: RNC evidence search in Corner Brook ended

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The RNC said today the search in the area of Quince Place, Corner Brook, has concluded and police will no longer maintain a presence at the site.

The RNC, with the assistance of volunteers from Bay of Islands Search and Rescue and Deer Lake Search and Rescue, completed a search of a wooded area located behind residences on Quince Place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, the RNC and Search and Rescue volunteers commenced a search in relation to an ongoing investigation initiated in September 2010. Recently police had received new information regarding the investigation and a search was conducted in an attempt to confirm the validity of this information.

At this time no charges are anticipated and the investigation remains active.

 

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(Earlier story)

Sgt. Brad Saint says police are being tight-lipped about the search for evidence in a three-year-old investigation because people’s lives and reputations are possibly at stake.

The Corner Brook RNC officer made the statement while at Quince Place Saturday morning as police and members of the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue and Deer Lake Search and Rescue teams conducted a ground search.

A news release was issued early Saturday morning stating new evidence had been received in an investigation initiated in September 2010.

There are no details of what the search teams are looking for in the area of Dunfield Park off Westmount Road. Police are also not saying what the nature of the investigation is or was.

“Keep in mind people’s lives and their reputations could be at stake,” Saint said. “We are looking for evidence of a crime that may or may not have ever been committed.”

Yellow caution ribbon cordoned off an area behind the row houses  and police were asking people to respect the boundaries of the search area and not enter the designated spaces.

The search began at about 8 a.m. in the immediate area behind the houses, but later extended up through the wooded area where there appears to be a trail.

Members were combing the ground in search of some kind of evidence, also digging through the heavy brush and earth with shovels.

There were some local people gathered in the area, none of whom seemed to know what was happening.

One search and rescue member told the small group they were only there doing training as he passed by. One of them made a comment that there was a lot of photographers and attention for a training exercise.

The RNC says it is unsure of the validity of the information it received. Saint also said he was uncertain of how long the search will continue.

He said the RNC was committed to at least a couple of days, unless the evidence it is looking for is found.

“With any investigation we have to cover off all bases,” he said.

The possible crime was not something that was made public, according to the officer.

The RNC says it is confident there are no safety risks to the public.

 

TC Media/The Western Star

 

 

Geographic location: Bay of Islands Search, Dunfield Park, Westmount Road Western Star

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