Police connect Thorndale, Ont. homicide with Alberta drowning; pair were in relationship

Ontario Provincial Police have identified a 27-year-old man as the victim of a Tuesday homicide in Thorndale, Ont., and are investigating the subsequent drowning of the victim’s partner in an Alberta river days later.

OPP said on Tuesday, May 26, members of the Middlesex County OPP, as well as the Middlesex OPP major crime unit, entered an investigation at a residence where one person was found dead inside the home on Leesboro Trail.

A post mortem examination confirmed the man died as a result of a homicide.

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The homicide victim has been identified as Sean Collins, 27, of Thorndale, Ont.

According to OPP, the body of another man connected to Collins was later discovered in Alberta.

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On Thursday, May 28, RCMP were called to investigate after a man was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River in Rocky Mountain House, Alta.

Police say the man, identified as Alexander Collins, 30, of Thorndale, Ont., died as a result of drowning.

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According to OPP Const. Kevin Howe, the two men were in an “intimate relationship.”

Police said they do not believe there to be any risk to the public at this time.

Thorndale, Ont., and Rocky Mountain House, Alta., are over 3,200 kilometres apart.

Anyone with further information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

–With files from Allison Bench, Global News

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