Today marks one year since four members of the Patel family were found just metres from the Canada/U.S border near Emerson, and investigators are using the moment to appeal to the public for tips in the case.
RCMP say new information that came in this past Fall about the family's travel in Canada has been confirmed, however, a gap remains between their last known location in southern Ontario on January 16th, 2022, and their arrival to Emerson on the evening of January 18th. Investigators say it is still unknown how they travelled from southern Ontario to Emerson.

A timeline of the Patel family's known movements within Ontario:

  • On January 12, 2022, at approximately 2:30 pm (eastern), the Patel family arrived in Canada at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
  • They arrived in Toronto via an international flight that left Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on January 12, 2022.
  • The Patel family was picked up at the airport by a private vehicle.
  • Between January 12 and January 13, the family stayed at a hotel in the Mississauga area.
  • The Patels travelled in the Toronto area using both private vehicles and a ride-sharing service.
  • Between January 14 to 16, 2022, the Patel family moved between the Mississauga area and the City of Welland, Ontario.
  • It is believed the family left the Mississauga area shortly before arriving in Manitoba.
  • The family arrived in Emerson sometime in the late evening of January 18th to begin their attempted crossing. It is unknown if they were in Manitoba earlier than this date.
  • Their bodies were located near the Canada-United States border on the morning of January 19, 2022.

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