OPP Begins Sequence of Activities to Execute Search Warrants
ORILLIA, ON, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and a
team of independent engineers are beginning a staged series of on-site
activities to continue the investigation of the June 23rd roof collapse at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake that claimed two
Beginning today, members of OPP Urban Search and Rescue, Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Response Team (UCRT) will
be using their technical and heavy equipment skills to begin shoring up
the structure to allow for the next stages of the criminal
investigation, beginning with removing vehicles from the rooftop
parking area. The OPP have retained independent third-party engineers
and contractors - NORR Limited and Priestly Demolition - to assist with
the investigation at each stage. Evidence gathered at the scene will
then be retained by the OPP Forensic Identification Unit in Sault Ste.
Marie for further analysis.
Inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) will continue to
oversee all activities at the site. Once police access is gained,
investigators will work as diligently and as expeditiously as possible
to gather all of the necessary information to support a successful
investigation. In the stages to follow, police and engineers will begin
a more detailed investigation of the condition of the structure,
including creating a 3-D diagram for future reference.
Members of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) continue to ask
anyone who believes they have information that may be important to this
investigation to contact the dedicated information line at
The OPP will continue to provide media updates with regard to this
investigation as information becomes available.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Media Contact: Sgt. Kristine Rae
A/Media Relations Coordinator
Phone: 613-285-5479 (cell)