Media coverage helps but also concerns EnCana investigators

The title, EnCana Bomber, is practically a household name thanks to the worldwide media attention over the past year.

Every time another bomb is blasted or another threatening letter is sent out, the media covers all angles of the story.

But, contrary to popular belief, RCMP Sergeant Tim Shields says investigators are grateful for the media attention.

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However, there are two sides to every story, and Shields says there are some misconceptions swirling around. There have been rumors that investigators are using excessive tactics on potential suspects or witnesses in the South Peace.

Earlier this month, several newspapers reported that there was concern about police members harassing and intimidating South Peace residents, in an attempt to garner a confession from potential suspects.

Shields says officers are following protocol and are acting in a professional manner. He also says some community members simply might resent the fact that they are being contacted by police.

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He says copy-cats are another disadvantage with the highly publicized investigation. Earlier in July, the Dawson Creek Daily News received a letter that targeted EnCana. Investigators have since ruled the third letter as a hoax, but they are still taking the threat seriously.

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Shields says no matter what investigation is being covered, there will always be negative repercussions from the overwhelming media coverage.

But, he says he feels there are a sufficient number of officers covering the EnCana bombing investigation to solve the crime. He says police are highly trained and a number of tips continue to trickle in since the latest bombing on July 4th.

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