Feb 24, 2015

By Jane Brown

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The mystery of a tunnel found in the woods near the Rexall Centre near Jane and Steeles has yet to be solved.

“At this time we’re unable to determine who constructed this chamber, nor can we determine what the motive was for building it,” explained Toronto Police Deputy Chief Marc Saunders at a 10am news conference.

Saunders says police are hoping tips from the public will lead investigators to some answers.  But so far, he says there’s nothing to suggest a criminal element is involved.

“Looking at it objectively, someone’s basically dug a tunnel,” Saunders said.  “There’s no criminal offense for that.  There might be some provincial statutes, might be some bylaws, but really until we find intent, that’s what will cross it over into potential criminal aspect if we get that evidence.  But right now, objectively, there’s nothing to suggest that this is criminal in any way shape or form.”

The Deputy chief says the chamber was discovered last month in a densely wooded area by a conservation officer and is located 25 metres from the fence of the Rexall Centre which is the tennis venue for this summer’ Pan Am Games.

He says the investigation has determined the chamber was used at some point during the winter.  Saunders says police found plywood wall supports, a generator, moisture resistant light bulbs and a sump pump in the chamber… as well as a rosary with a Remembrance Day poppy attached to it.

There were initial security concerns about the discovery and speculation it might be related to plans for a terror attack.

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