The Kenora OPP is searching for a male who was seen supplying inmates at the Kenora Jail with packages, and police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

Police say on June 14, at 11:06 a.m., members of the OPP received a report of a person who attended the Kenora Jail, supplied inmates with packages and then ran away. The OPP did not specify what was contained within the packages.

The male was last seen heading west from the jail on River Drive. He is described as 5’8”, Indigenous, skinny, wearing black pants with a white stripe down the pant leg, a maroon sweater, a black hat with a white visor and a black COVID-19 mask over their face.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-548-5534.

Earlier this month, the Northwestern Health Unit confirmed that two inmates within the Kenora Jail had tested positive for COVID-19, through presumptive testing practices.

Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Ian Gemmill, said the two inmates must have contracted the virus within the jail, and testing for all inmates and staff members was strongly recommended. No new cases were found through the voluntary testing at this point.

Gemmill stressed that the health unit is working closely with the Kenora Jail and the Ministry of Correctional Services daily to implement further safety protocols to keep inmates and staff as safe as possible.

The Kenora Jail serves as the district jail for northwestern Ontario.

For more information:
COVID-19 tests for jail staff, inmates ‘strongly recommended’, NWHU