A man wanted in connection with a double murder in Calgary was possibly seen by hikers in Parksville, say RCMP.
According to an Oceanside RCMP press release, hikers called the detachment to report seeing a suspicious man, who looked like 20-year-old Jordan Jay Ward, carrying a rifle in a wooden area near Little Mountain Road in Parksville on Oct. 23.
Ward is wanted on two counts of manslaughter in relation to a double homicide that happened on Aug. 28 in the Calgary neighbourhood of Sandstone. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The hikers also told Oceanside RCMP that the man had a bicycle and was dressed in full camouflage when they saw him.
“After seeing the evening news the pair of hikers called police to report the suspicious man as they thought he had a striking resemblance to 20-year-old Jordan Jay Ward, who is wanted Canada-wide for manslaughter,” the release said.
RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services searched the area for several hours but could not locate Ward or any other suspicious-looking male for that matter, according to Oceanside RCMP.
“There were no recent remains of a campfire or encampments found in the area either,” the release noted.
Oceanside RCMP stress that “this is an unconfirmed sighting” of Ward and recommend people do not approach individuals they see carrying firearms.
Ward is described as a five-foot-nine male weighing approximately 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone who spots him is asked to call 911 immediately.