Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Twenty-five years after a teenager disappeared in northern Ontario, police are searching this week in a wooded area of ​​the Temiskaming District after receiving a new tip about the disappearance of Mélanie Ethier.

It’s thanks to the CBC podcast Next call by journalist David Ridgen, who this summer focused on the cold case of 1996.

“We were not aware of this particular witness, the witness heard the podcast we were talking to, and we are searching here today in the Larocque field,” said Robert Matthews, a detective inspector at the Ontario Provincial Police.

Matthews said he can not get into what officers are exactly looking for in the wooded area of ​​North Cobalt, about 10 miles from where 15-year-old Ethier from New Liskeard was last seen walking home from a get- together.

Mélanie Ethier’s face has not faded from the Themiskaming landscape in the last 25 years with posters and billboards like this Highway 11. (David Ridgen)

Matthews, who took over the Ethier case in 2019, collaborated with Ridgen on the podcast series in hopes of getting fresh tips like this.

OPP officers combed through the brush on foot and used search dogs and drones.

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