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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Incident near Espanola

Case Number: 12-PCI-279

Mississauga (24 September, 2012) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is seeking witnesses to an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon on Highway 17 in Massey, west of Espanola.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2012, Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to the Sables River Bridge on Highway 17 after being notified that a 38-year-old woman was standing on the bridge.  A short time later, the woman fell into the Aux Sables River below.  She was rescued, and taken to Health Sciences North in Sudbury for treatment of internal injuries and a broken wrist.  She remains there in stable condition.

Investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have information about this incident.  The lead investigator can be reached at 705-665-5440.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342