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Lethbridge police confirm disappearance as hoax
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:52AM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 5, 2013 5:47PM MST
Police say that the disappearance of a Lethbridge man last week was not the result of a crime but was completely orchestrated by the alleged victim.
25-year-old Matthew Robillard was found alive on Saturday morning in a northeast Calgary hotel, 48 hours after he was reported missing by his co-workers and family.
A subsequent investigation by Lethbridge Police and the Calgary Police Service have found that Robillard left his home of his own accord and took steps to cast suspicion on the situation.
Robillard left home on Thursday morning on his way to work at a bank in Picture Butte.
His car was later found abandoned in an industrial area in Calgary.
Police in Lethbridge said last week they ruled out foul play in the incident and they are not looking for anyone else in connection to the matter.
They're also convinced that Robillard acted alone and his family genuinely believed that he was missing.
There is no information on what motivated him to commit the hoax.
Police are now looking into the matter as a public mischief investigation.