UPDATE: Thorndale death now ruled as homicide

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Police have now ruled the death of a man in Thorndale as a homicide that has ties to another death in Alberta.

The Ontario Provincial Police said officers were called to a home on Leesboro Trail on Tuesday after a body of a man was found. Following an autopsy, police confirmed that the death was a homicide.

The victim has since been identified as 27-year-old Sean Collins of Thorndale.

Two days after the body was discovered, another man was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The man, who is believed to have drowned, has been identified as 30-year-old Alexander Collins of Thorndale.

Police have indicated that the two deaths are linked but have not released any further information including how the two men are related.

The OPP said investigators believe there is no risk to the public at this time.

The OPP are working jointly with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to conduct an investigation into the deaths.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.