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Warrant issued for missing Ontario man

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There’s another twist in the search for a missing Ontario man whose vehicle was found abandoned in Winnipeg last week.

Windsor police have now issued a Canada-wide warrant for Brandon Wheeler, revealing on Wednesday that he is wanted with regards to an ongoing sexual assault investigation in that province.

Wheeler, 30, was last seen on Apr. 15 in Windsor. He was reported missing the following day after he didn’t show up for work. Family members publicly expressed concern for his well-being, telling local media outlets they believe him to be suicidal and possibly headed west. They even set up a Facebook page filled with updates and information.

Last Friday, Winnipeg police announced that Wheeler’s 2010 Jeep Wrangler has been located in the city’s west end. No other information was released, including specifically when or where.

On Wednesday, Windsor police said the licence plates and VIN tag had been removed from the vehicle before it was abandoned. As well, they say Wheeler may be hiding out in hotels or hostels – either in Winnipeg or other communities – in an attempt to avoid arrest.

Wheeler is Caucasian, 6’4, with a skinny muscular build, short brown hair, hazel eyes and pierced ears. He may be wearing a dark leather jacket, t-shirt, jeans and sunglasses.

Anyone with information on Wheeler is asked to call Winnipeg police at 204-986-6250, Windsor police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, or Crime Stoppers.

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