Second suspect in confinement case found dead
Published Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:44AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:58PM EDT
Ontario Provincial Police say they have found the body of the man wanted in connection to a disturbing case of alleged forcible confinement and sexual assault in Nova Scotia.
OPP officers in Greenstone, Ont., about 250 km north of Thunder Bay, confirmed Thursday they found the body of Wayne Alan Cunningham, 31.
His body was found near the 2003 Hyundai Elantra that was recovered Wednesday on a logging road in the area of Long Lac.
It’s unclear how the suspect died, but police say there is no indication of foul play.
Cunningham's co-accused, David James Leblanc, 47, was arrested Sunday on a nearby road in Greenstone. That arrest came after officers received a report of a man wandering with no shoes and light clothing in near-freezing temperatures.
Leblanc remains in hospital under police custody. He faces charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement.
Those charges were laid after a 16-year-old teen alleged he was kidnapped and confined by two men in a home in Upper Chelsea, N.S. According to court documents filed by police last week, the teen was abducted while sleeping on the streets of Halifax, loaded into the back of a van and driven to the residence where he was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 to 14 days.
Though he had chains wrapped around his ankles and wrists, the teen was finally able to escape and get help at a nearby home.
RCMP say they are working with the OPP to return Leblanc to Nova Scotia, but he is not yet well enough to travel.