Police search underway in North River
Police presence was heavy on the Hiram Lynds Road in North River on Thursday as the RCMP continue their investigation in the murder of Randy Mersereau. HARRY SULLIVAN – TRURO DAILY NEWS
NORTH RIVER - Jeffrey Albert Lynds of North River has been named in court documents as the killer of Hells Angel member Randy Mersereau, who disappeared 11 years ago.
And Gerald Leslie MacCabe, 43, of 16 Old Salmon River Branch Rd., Salmon River, has been charged with accessory after the fact in Mersereau's death.
The RCMP's major crime unit has also established a mobile command centre on Hiram Lynds Road in North River where a search is underway in a nearby wooded area.
Police would not confirm that Mersereau's body had been found, although the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's vehicle was at the site on Thursday.
Lynds, who also has ties with the Hells Angels, remains under custody in a Montreal jail, where he is charged in an unrelated double homicide.
The RCMP have been investigating Mersereau's disappearance since he was last seen on Oct. 31, 1999 shortly after an explosion at a car dealership in Bible Hill, at what has long been suspected to have been an attempt on his life.
This is the first time police have indicated that Mersereau is deceased. All previous communication has referred to him as being missing, and while RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger would not comment on Lynds's involvement with Mersereau's disappearance, documents filed in provincial court in Truro on Thursday clearly identify him as Mersereau's killer.
"... knowing that Jeffrey Albert Lynds had murdered Randall Armand Mersereau," the documents against MacCabe say, "... did assist" (Lynds) for the purpose of enabling (Lynds) to escape."
When questioned at the investigation site about Lynds's involvement – whether he has or will be charged with the Mersereau's murder, or whether he is co-operating with police – Leger said she was not at liberty to comment.
"I can confirm that the information as sworn before the courts is correct and that the investigation is ongoing into the homicide of Randy Mersereau," she said.
Detective Sergeant Dennis Hogg of the Montreal City Police, who has been involved with Lynds's file there, said while he had heard through the media that RCMP were involved at a dig site in Nova Scotia, he was not aware of any recent developments on his end.
"Down here, nothing's changed," Hogg said. "We're just waiting for court dates ... He's still in jail here and it's not the kind of jail where you protect guys."
The charge against MacCabe is dated to an offence alleged to have occurred between Oct. 25 and Nov. 19, 1999.
MacCabe, who appears to be about six feet in height, has a full head of white hair, a thin white moustache and was wearing a grey and black sweater, grey pants and work boots, from which the laces had been removed (which is common for those in custody).
He sat quietly through the brief appearance during which it was disclosed to the court that much more information is to follow.
"I can indicate, your Honour, there is going to be quite a bit of disclosure," Crown Attorney Alison Brown told Judge Richard MacKinnon.
MacCabe is to be held in custody in Dartmouth until his next court appearance on Dec. 7.
Brown also read off a list of 10 names of individuals that MacCabe is not to have any contact with while the case is active. The list includes: Jeffrey Lynds; his nephew Curtis Lynds; Jessica Hamilton; Jonathon Burgoyne; Leslie Greenwood; Michael Lawrence; Jason Lindsay; Michael McRae; Duncan Randall and Dean Whynott.
In October, the RCMP spent seven days searching a residence in Onslow Mountain after information was brought to their attention in
relation to the investigation.
When asked whether the findings of that search led police to the North River site, Leger said there was a connection.
"The investigation in Onslow Mountain, (contributed) in part into the ongoing investigation in the disappearance of Randy Mersereau," she said. "The totallity of the information gathered brought us to this location today."
Leger also would not comment on whether further charges are pending. But neither did she rule out that possibility.
"I can confirm that the investigation is ongoing and we are pursuing other investigative leads."
Leger said she did not know how long police will remain on the site, only that they will be there for as long as is required to complete the investigation.