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Northern Ontario police search related to 1996 missing person investigation

Melanie Ethier was a teen when she was reported missing in New Liskeard
Melanie Ethier.

Police are warning the public to expect a high police presence in the north Cobalt area for a search related to the Melanie Ethier investigation.

Temiskaming OPP said police are expected to be at the scene for two days. There is no concern for public safety and people are asked to avoid the area. 

Ethier was a teenager when she went missing in New Liskeard in 1996. There has been renewed interest in the case recently due to CBC's podcast The Next Call that looked into her disappearance.

As a result of recent information, the north Cobalt search includes members of the Temiskaming OPP Crime Unit, the Northeast Emergency Response Team, the OPP Canine Unit and a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System.

Anyone with information on the Ethier investigation should contact Temiskaming OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– TimminsToday