Toronto tunnel builder

Builder of mystery tunnel in Toronto comes forward

Three days after the Toronto police hastily closed the case of the mystery tunnel near York University with little explanation, the builder of the bunker has come forward. 22 year old Elton McDonald filled in a number of holes in the story in an interview with The Sun, though he claims that there's still more to tell.

"I just want people to know that I meant no harm at all," he told columnist Joe Warmington. "It was not meant as a bad thing...It was just something I always wanted to do. I knew I could do it. It was kind of a fun project for me and some friends."

As for the specific motivation to build the tunnel, McDonald considered it an engineering challenge. As a construction worker, he decided it would be fun to build a hideout. And, to end one bit of the discussion, he points out that it was never meant to be a tunnel.

"It wasn't really a tunnel. I was going to expand it to have a couple of rooms. I was hoping to put in a TV. I did some barbecuing there. It was more a place to hang out."

So, there you have it. What the police cryptically referred to as "personal reasons" were just that: a 22 year old dude making his dream mancave. McDonald lives near York University, so the location was selected for convenience, rather than its proximity to the school or the Rexall Centre.

McDonald promises that he'll talk more about the tunnel soon, but it seems like we finally have a clear picture of what the mysterious cave was for.


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