A suspicious death investigation launched after the bodies of three people were located in Middlesex Centre, Ont., on Sunday is now being investigated as a triple homicide, provincial police say.
Police were called to the scene near Bodkin Road and Jones Drive, near Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation, around 10 a.m. Sunday, and located a grey pickup truck in a field off Bodkin Road. It was there police located the deceased.
On Thursday, Middlesex OPP said post-mortem examinations conducted in Toronto “confirmed the deaths to be homicides.”
Police have identified the victims as Melissa Trudy Miller, 37; Alan Grant Porter, 33; and Michael Shane Jamieson, 32. All were residents of Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, Ont.
Few other details are known. Provincial police said Thursday they were asking members of the public who may have seen a grey, 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the area of Bodkin Road prior to 10 a.m. Sunday to contact them.
“ is in police custody. It was found at location. We’re just looking to further the investigation in creating a timeline, if this vehicle was seen in the area prior to. Just to create more investigation leads,” said OPP Cst. Max Gomez.
Police have released a generic photo of the truck, which “depicts the likeness of the vehicle that was found.”
Gomez would not say whether the bodies were found inside the truck, or outside.
Though the grisly discovery wasn’t made on Oneida Nation land, its Chief, Jessica Hill, told 980 CFPL she’s been in contact with the First Nations community near Brantford.
“We’re sending our condolences to the community of Six Nations, to the families there” she said.
“We’re hoping the individuals responsible will be brought to justice.”
Chief Hill said Oneida would look into increased policing and security for her community, and that “there’s a lot of work ahead of us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact a newly established police tipline at 1-844-677-5050, or Six Nations Police Service at 519-445-2811. People can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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