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OPP advise public not to pick up hitchhikers north of Batchawana

2021-05-20 OPP cruiser

The Ontario Provincial Police have issued a public request for those traveling north of Batchawana Bay to not pick up hitchhikers in the area.

Police responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle in the area and report that a male driver left the scene and was seen on a logging road in the area.

The man, who may be associated with a firearms incident in the Sault, is still outstanding.

Following is a full release from the OPP on the situation:

On Aug. 6, 2021, shortly after 4:30 a.m., members from the Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle on Mile 67 Road east of Lake Superior (Mica Bay area) north of Batchawana Bay.    

The male driver left the scene was observed on a logging road in the area and is still outstanding. The driver may be associated to an incident in the City of Sault Ste Marie involving firearms. 

The OPP's Canine Unit, the OPP's Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP's Aviation Services are searching the area for the driver and asking the public not to pick up any hitch-hikers and to report any suspicious persons.

The Investigation is ongoing.