Lethbridge Regional Police Service has confirmed a 25-year-old man, who was reported missing by his family last week and subsequently located at a Calgary hotel, was not the victim of a crime.
Investigation by both the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and the Calgary Police Service ruled out foul play and has determined that Matthew Aaron Robillard left of his own volition and took deliberate steps to cast suspicion on his disappearance, according to a LRPS press release.
On Jan. 31 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Robillard left his west Lethbridge home to go work in Picture Butte. He never arrived. His abandoned vehicle was located later in the day by Calgary police in a northeast industrial area. On Feb. 2 at approximately 3:20 a.m., Robillard was located at a northeast Calgary hotel.
Reports a window in Robillard’s vehicle had been smashed and he had been beaten up, are not associated to any criminal offence perpetrated against him, and police are not seeking any other subjects.
The press release stated police are satisfied Robillard’s family was not complicit in his hoax, and added his family genuinely believed he was missing.
Police will not comment on what motivated Robillard’s actions.
Investigation in this matter is ongoing and it is now a public mischief investigation. As such, police will not disclose any further details in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Section 140(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada sets out that anyone commits public mischief who, with intent to mislead, causes a peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation by a) making a false statement that accuses some other person of having committed an offence; b) doing anything that is intended to cause some other person to be suspected of having committed an offence that the other person has not committed, or divert suspicion from himself; c) reporting that an offence has been committed when it has not been committed; or d) reporting or in any other way making it known or causing it to be made known that he or some other person has died when he or that other person has not died.
A further update will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.