Missing Onion Lake man allegedly held captive by gang members, say family

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An Onion Lake Cree Nation man who went missing Dec. 15 was allegedly held captive and drugged by gang members, according to his family who spoke to the Battlefords Regional News-Optimist on the condition of anonymity.

Twenty-five-year-old Charles Leonard Dillon was last seen after leaving North Battleford at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 15. His family last heard from him at about 10:44 p.m. that night.

Dillon was driving a grey Dodge Caravan and was wearing a black jacket and black pants when his family reported him missing to the Battlefords RCMP. His family tracked his van to the side of the road near Radisson on Highway 16 and also called Radisson RCMP. When his family arrived at the location, his van was no longer there.

His family said Dillon had pulled over on the side of Highway 16 between North Battleford and Saskatoon and that is when he was allegedly taken by gang members.

The RCMP didn’t issue a missing person’s report but, today, Regina RCMP Media Relations spokesperson Jessica Murphy confirmed with the Battlefords Regional News-Optimist that Dillon was reported missing to the Battlefords RCMP on Dec. 15.

“He was reported to have been travelling to Saskatoon in his van,” said Murphy. “Battlefords RCMP conducted ongoing search efforts to locate him in the area.”

Murphy added that police located Dillon days later on Dec. 21 in Saskatoon shortly after 2 a.m.

Dillon’s family said he was held captive in a rural house outside of Saskatoon and drugged by alleged gang members. While allegedly being held captive, he only had on one shoe. Regina RCMP media relations wouldn’t confirm or deny these allegations.

“Information regarding his health is considered private,” said Murphy on Dec. 22.

Dillon’s family said the alleged gang members let him go telling him it was “a warning” and adding he was lucky to be alive.

“We are so glad they let him go,” said Dillon’s family member.

RCMP wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the incident involved alleged gang members.


Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords Regional News-Optimist

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist