Elliot Lake reacts to news of criminal investigation
Mall roof collapse investigation hoped to shed light on what — or who — could have been responsible
Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:00 AM ET
Last Updated: Jul 5, 2012 9:53 AM ET
People in Elliot Lake say the criminal investigation launched by the Ontario Provincial Police could bring closure to the small community.
A week ago, the bodies of Doloris Perizzolo and Lucie Aylwin were pulled from the rubble following the Algo Centre Mall collapse.Elliot Lake residents say they hope the OPP's criminal investigation will bring some closure for the community after the mall's roof collapsed and killed two women June 23. (Amy Dodge/CBC)
And while Perizzolo's funeral concluded Wednesday, the investigation is just getting started.
Residents like Debi Milne of Elliot Lake say the mall has been in disrepair for some time.
"Absolutely, absolutely … the mall has been leaking ever since I moved up here,” Milne said.
Milne moved to Elliot Lake in 1995. She said she wasn't shocked when the roof crashed down June 23.
"Everybody in the town wondered when it was that the mall was going to cave in because there were always buckets [on the floor of the mall]."
Statements like these are being collected by the OPP and will form part of a criminal investigation.
That investigation will determine who — if anyone — is responsible for the deaths of Doloris Perizzolo and Lucie Aylwin.
Pierre Chamberland, a spokesperson for the OPP, said the investigation will be lengthy.
"They have to be very thorough,” he said. “Obviously we have to present information that will withstand the test of court."
Residents said they are pleased the investigation is moving forward.
Milne noted it could mean justice for Lucie and Doloris.
"All of the people who knew and let it go on … they have to be accountable."
For now the community is still in mourning. A memorial for Lucie Aylwin will be held Monday.
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