PEMBROKE, Ont. -- Police have identified three women slain in related incidents that triggered a manhunt for a suspected gunman and placed parts of eastern Ontario under lockdown.
The first death was discovered at a home in Wilno, Ont., about 130 kilometres west of Ottawa, shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Ontario Provincial Police said in a release.
They identified the victim as 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk, and said that information they found at the home led them to another crime scene at a nearby property.
There, they said they found the body of Natalie Warmardam, 48, of Bonnechere Valley, Ont.
Later that morning, police in Bancroft, Ont. discovered the body of 66-year-old Carol Culleton of North Gower, Ont. Police did not release the cause of death, nor indicate if the victims were known to one another.
Businesses and schools in and around Wilno were placed under lockdown as police hunted for a suspect in the slayings. The chase, which involved officers with both the Ottawa and provincial police, culminated in the arrest of a 57-year-old man whose name has not yet been released.
Police said the suspect is scheduled for a court appearance in Pembroke, Ont. on Wednesday afternoon.
The three slayings left Wilno-area residents in shock.
"This is slaughter,'' Carl Bromwich, a councillor for the township said of the three deaths being investigated by police. "This is the most unnerving thing that's happened here in years.''