“We don't have anyone under arrest right now, so there is still someone at large,” said Sgt. Carolle Dionne, communications officer with the OPP.
While the OPP wouldn't comment on whether residents should be concerned for their safety, they did issue a message calling for residents in the neighbourhood to be vigilant at all times, but more so now that a murder investigation is being conducted.
It has been 10 days since emergency responders found McEwan severely injured in her Estaire home — 10 days since the OPP announced they believed her untimely death was a case of murder.
While almost two weeks have passed since the suspected homicide, and four days since the caring nurse was laid to rest, investigators have repeatedly rebuffed questions from the media for additional information about what exactly happened on Elbow Ridge Road late in the afternoon of Oct. 7.
“It is a very delicate situation, and there's a lot of information we can't relay,” Dionne said. “We are following every lead we have, and officers are still on scene collecting evidence.
“We understand the public wants more information, and we wish we were in a position to provide that information. We are doing our best to solve this crime as quickly and efficiently as we can, and we are trying to provide as much information as we can without jeopardizing the investigation.”
Ostensibly an investigation by the Sudbury detachment of the OPP, the case is under the direction of Det. Insp. Mike Bickerton of the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch.
The OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an police helicopter continue to conduct evidence searches of the crime scene and surrounding area. Detectives from across the north east have been brought in, as have specialists with the E-crime and Forensic Identification services and the OPP Criminal Profiling Unit.
The OPP is urging anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity to call them at 1-888-310-1122, the OPP tip line 1-866-220-2505 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
“As minor as you think the information might be, we urge anyone with any information to contact us,” Dionne said. “It could be something as simple as seeing a vehicle drive by.”
There were few dry eyes at St. Andrew's United on Oct. 14 as more than 200 people attended a memorial service for Sheri-Lynn McEwan.
Family, friends and colleagues spoke highly of the 40-year-old operating-room nurse, noting her caring nature, easy laugh and bright smile.
McEwan was a newlywed, having married Terry Boyle just a few months ago. Boyle pleaded with those in attendance not to forget his wife's kind soul and to pass the caring McEwan showed onto others, “to pay it forward.”
Besides her love of nursing, McEwan was remembered as a kind soul who loved animals and motorcycle riding, and who had found a passionate new hobby after joining the Greater Sudbury Roller Derby League.
Her roller derby moniker, “Red Rock Crusher,” recalls both her red hair and her determined spirit.
McEwan leaves behind her husband, Terry Boyle; mother Gail McEwan; siblings Bill McEwan and Patricia (Kevin) Hunter of London, niece and nephew Emma and Alexander, her dog Shadow, as well as many friends and colleagues.
She was predeceased by her father, Daniel.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Estaire-Wanup Volunteer Fire Department.