|RCMP in Nova Scotia released new photos of Wayne Alan Cunningham on October 3, 2012, in hopes the public can help find him. (Submitted RCMP Photo/QMI Agency)
HALIFAX - Police have found an abandoned car on a northwestern Ontario highway that's believed to belong to one of the men accused of kidnapping and a raping a Nova Scotia teenager.
Ontario Provincial Police found the grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra in the bushes, about 18 km off of the Trans Canada Highway on a remote logging road in Ontario not far from where they found one of the suspects.
David James Leblanc, 47, was nabbed by the cops about 260 km north east of Thunder Bay Sunday night. Police are still looking for the second suspect, Wayne Alan Cunningham, 31. They released new pictures of him with long hair and another with a buzz cut and an eyebrow ring because family members have told local media that he sometimes poses as a woman and can change his look.
Police say Cunningham is likely in Ontario.
"We still have reason to believe that they were initially travelling together and that Mr. Cunningham is in Ontario," said Sgt. Alain LeBlanc with the RCMP in Nova Scotia. "At this point though, we don't know where he is, and we are asking for the public to help us. We released the new photos because of the reports that he sometimes cross dresses, so these new pictures should help the public understand what he could be looking like."
Leblanc was already awaiting trial on sexual assault charges against two boys, aged two and five, in different towns in Nova Scotia, and on charges he produced child pornography. Police say he is being held under guard at a Thunder Bay hospital and is too ill to fly just yet.
"As soon as he is better, he will be transported back to Nova Scotia so he can face these serious allegations," Sgt. LebBlanc said.
Cunningham and Leblanc face charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement, after a sixteen-year-old boy told police he was scooped off of the street in Halifax, chained up and raped for two weeks in a remote cabin in Upper Chelsea in Lunenburg County.
The teen managed to escape, making it two kilometres down a gravel road and through the woods with his wrists and ankles still chained together. The Frauzels found him in their yard and cut his shackles. The teen recently visited the couple to thank him.
"It was so good to see him safe and with his mother, we hugged like we were old friends," Terry Frauzel said.
Fauzel said the boy is still recovering.
"His feet were in bad shape and he had scratches up his legs when we found him," he said. "He's getting better though, and he's getting counselling -- he's a resilient kid."