Eric Wildman was arrested early Friday at a home in Prince Edward County near Belleville, Ontario.
RCMP had identified Wildman as a suspect in the disappearance of 40-year-old Clifford Joseph who went missing on June 7.
As the investigation unfolded police located Wildman’s vehicle in Winnipeg on June 11 and obtained a search warrant for the vehicle on June 13. During the search officers found firearms, police patches, a tactical style vest and red and blue lights as well as other police style clothing.
As the intensity of the search grew police received a number of credible tips and sightings of a vehicle Wildman had rented at Winnipeg airport. On June 15 he had been spotted in Lockport and was heading east on Highway 44. On June 16 he was spotted again this time in the Whitemouth area.
On Thursday, June 17 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)received three reports of a vehicle with a license plate matching Wildman’s vehicle. OPP executed a search warrant on the Ontario home but officers were shot at from inside the residence. Police brought in negotiators and were eventually able to bring the two men inside the home into custody. One of the men was Wildman.
Wildman is being transported back to Manitoba to face charges.
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