UPDATE: No suspects in North River homicide, say police

Melissa Jenkins melissa.jenkins@tc.tc
Published on July 4, 2014
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A police spokesman has confirmed today that investigators do not have a suspect in the case of a homicide in North River that occurred during the early hours of Sunday, June 29.

Dale Porter, a man in his early 40s and the father of two young children, suffered serious injuries and was found outside his home at about 4 a.m. He later died.

The incident has sent shockwaves throughout the entire region, and left many area residents on edge as police work to solve the high profile case.

Various media outlets, including TC Media, were reporting Thursday that the RCMP had arrested a man, and that charges were imminent.

However, the man was released late in the day on Thursday without being charged. The Compass knows the man’s identity, but has decided not to disclose it publicly.

Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill said the information about a suspect did not come from officials within the RCMP.

News that the man being questioned was released was greeted with anger and frustration by residents, with many voicing their displeasure on social media.

Meanwhile, Merrill confirmed dozens of interviews have been conducted to date, and officers have used the information to help advance the investigation.

He continued to emphasis that there is no threat to public safety.