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Police seek person of interest in Meaford murder case

A man went missing on May 3 and was later found dead. Police have arrested and charged one man with first-degree murder

MEAFORD – On May 3, 2020 at 4:02 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a missing person, Emerson Sprung. The 25-year-old male was last seen on May 2, 2020 at 9 p.m. leaving the family residence at Trowbridge Street West in Meaford on his BMX bicycle.  

Human remains, located on May 6, were identified as that of the missing male, Emerson Sprung.  OPP have arrested and charged a 34-year-old man from Meaford with First-Degree Murder, contrary to Section 235 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  

The investigation remains ongoing under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch and OPP investigators are looking to speak with a person of interest. An unknown person is observed in video footage collected from a private camera at Grant Avenue on May 2, 2020 at 8:59 p.m. and again at 9:10 p.m.  

This person is believed to be a male wearing a dark-coloured coat with a stripe or logo that extends around the mid-section of the coat, wearing dark pants and light-coloured shoes. Two photos of this individual are attached to this release.  Police are seeking additional information relating to this crime and if you're the person in this video please contact Grey Bruce OPP.  

If you know the identity of this person or have any information that could assist this investigation, you are asked to contact Grey Bruce OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.