Manitoba manhunt ends with arrest of Eric Wildman in Ontario

A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a Manitoba man has been arrested in Ontario.

Eric Wildman was arrested in a residence just outside of Belleville, Ont., by the Ontario Provincial Police at 5:30 a.m. Friday.

RCMP have been involved in a massive manhunt for him, saying he is a suspect in the homicide of rural Manitoba man Clifford Joseph.

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Belleville is about 2,200 km east of the rural municipality of St. Clements, where Wildman lived, and about 200 km from Toronto.

Wildman was wanted in the disappearance of Joseph, who was last seen leaving his home north of Winnipeg on June 7.

Police said the 40-year-old’s disappearance was being investigated as a homicide and a warrant had been issued for Wildman’s arrest.

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Mounties warned that officers found police tactical equipment, patches and other items resembling officer uniforms when they searched WIldman’s truck on Sunday.

They also found a significant number of firearms and ammunition in the truck.

Police told the public he had been in a charcoal grey 2020 Chevy Equinox, with the Manitoba licence plate KGE 368.

Earlier this week, RCMP said they had credible sightings of Wildman in Lockport, Man., just north of Winnipeg, and in Whiteshell Provincial Park, prompting a heavy police presence.

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