Three found dead near Oneida Nation of the Thames

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — OPP say the bodies of three people were found in a car just north of the Oneida Nation of the Thames Sunday morning.

The bodies of one female and two males were discovered around 10 a.m.. Police have not released details about the condition of the victims or a suspected cause of death but say the deaths are being treated as suspicious.

The discovery was made Sunday morning near Bodkin Road and Jones Drive in Middlesex County. Initial reports said the discovery was on the Oneida Reserve but were later corrected to show it was in an area near the territory. Police say the roads in that area will remain closed with no estimate for when they will be reopened.

The coroner and Ontario’s Forensic Pathology Service were sent to assist with the investigation. Post mortem examinations were set to begin on Tuesday in Toronto.

Oneida’s Elected Chief Jessica Hill told press she did not believe the victims were band members of the community.

Hill issued a statement on Monday offering prayers and condolences to the families of the victims.

“This incident is a great concern for our Nation, and demonstrates an issue for our community safety and the greater need for additional policing and/or security personnel within our territory,” said Hill.

Police say an investigation is ongoing and further updates will be provided as they become available.

Bodkin Road northbound at Jones Drive remains closed while police continue their investigation. Motorists are requested to utilize an alternative travel route during this time.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Middlesex County OPP Major Crime Unit at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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