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AWOL recruits arrested near Ear Falls


Ear Falls OPP charged two Absent Without Leave U.S. Marine recruits on Tuesday after the pair had been found hiding out in a tourist camp in the Perrault Falls area.

Police first were alerted of the pair Nov. 2 when Kenora OPP received a call from one of the two men’s family who reported the recruits, aged 19 and 20, had gone AWOL from Fort Leonard Marine Base in Missouri on Oct. 18.

The caller said the pair could be heading for Northern Ontario where the family had vacationed in the past.

Investigation revealed the pair had fled to Northern Ontario. They were spotted in Thunder Bay over the weekend driving a truck belonging to a tourist camp in the Perrault Falls area.

Ear Falls OPP then was notified Monday about the stolen truck and the status of the occupants.

Officers went to the lodge at the tourist camp and discovered evidence it had been broken into and that the two men had been living in one of the cabins.

Police also discovered evidence of a second break and enter at a nearby camp.

The AWOL recruits returned to the cabin Tuesday after spending some time in Thunder Bay and were arrested at the scene by Ear Falls OPP.

The 19-year-old, from Moonachie, N.J., and the 20-year-old, from Stilesville, Ind., appeared in court in Kenora yesterday and were remanded to a bail hearing tomorrow.

They each face two counts of break and enter, one count of mischief, and one count of possession of stolen property.

The OPP Investigations Branch, with assistance from the Northwest Crime Unit and officials from Customs and Immigration Canada, are investigating the pair with respect to their legal status in Canada pursuant to the Immigration Act.

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