Investigations into missing people continue

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Investigators appeal for tips, not rumours

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) are urging those with information regarding two missing people to contact investigators.

The investigations into the disappearances of Lawrence BERTRIM and Robbie THOMSON remain active and ongoing. Teams of investigators from the OPP and SFPS, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, continue to follow up on any potential leads that are provided. We cannot speculate on any potential connection between these cases.

Investigators from both services are very concerned about the rumours, misinformation and disinformation being spread. Rumours can cause delays in the investigation.

“We continue to hear stories about disturbing details, but no one has come forward to investigators with any first-hand information. Rumours are not evidence and cannot be used in court.” -OPP Detective Inspectors Jennifer Patton and Daniel Levert.

“Public safety is our priority. These are individual investigations, however investigators from each case speak regularly with each other to make sure nothing is missed. Smiths Falls PS investigators continue to work diligently for the families and the community to find answers to these cases. Rumours don’t help. If you know something, please call the tip lines or Crime Stoppers.” – Smiths Falls PS Deputy Chief Jodi Empey.

Dedicated tip lines will ensure that your information gets directly to detectives assigned to these missing person cases. If you have any first-hand information, even if it seems insignificant, investigators want to hear from you.

– For Robbie THOMSON: 1-855-677-4636

– For Lawrence BERTRIM: 1-844-677-9404

If you have first-hand information, but would like to remain anonymous, contact Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or file an anonymous report on the Crime Stoppers website.

 

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