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Police issue photo of Sir John Franklin bomb threat suspect

RCMP in Yellowknife need help identifying a suspect in connection with this month’s bomb threat at the city’s École Sir John Franklin High School.

Police released a photo of the suspect on Wednesday, describing him as between 5ft 6in and 5ft 9in, weighing approximately 160 to 170 lbs.

A statement describes the suspect as “wearing a dark jacket with a hood, light colored hat/toque, light pants, and dark shoes with white soles”.

He may also have worn a green, long-sleeved shirt beneath his jacket.

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The bomb threat, received on March 3, resulted in the swift evacuation of both the high school and the neighbouring Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.

That incident came less than two months after an earlier, similar threat called in to St Patrick’s High School, leading to the closure of both St Patrick’s and Weledeh Catholic School.

No explosive device was found in either instance.

“Making threats of any nature should not be considered a hoax or a prank,” said RCMP in a statement.

“In Canada this type of action by an individual is a crime. A threat of harm to the public can generate fear, and is a burden on valuable public safety resources.”

If you can identify the individual in the image, RCMP are asking you to contact them at (867) 669-1111 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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