Chilling week for Conception Bay North
Rare homicide sends shockwaves through region; Dale Porter described as quiet, likable
It has been a chilling week in the Conception Bay North area after a homicide took place in the Town of North River.
Dale Porter, the father of two school-aged children, was found severely injured outside his home on North River Road in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 29. Shortly after, he succumbed to his injuries.
Autopsy results from the provincial Chief Medical Examiner had not been released publicly as of late last week, but the death has been ruled as a homicide.
The cause of death is determined from autopsy results and evidence collected by the investigators. The decision to release the report is up to the examiner.
As of Friday, July 4, there were no suspects in the case, but police say they are using all available resources in the investigation.
The incident has left many with unanswered questions, but there have been a few details released. Most information is being withheld to maintain the integrity of the investigation, a media release said.
Various media outlets, including TC Media, were reporting Thursday that the RCMP had arrested a man, and that charges were imminent.
However, the man was released late in the day on Thursday without being charged. The Compass knows the man’s identity, but has decided not to disclose it publicly.
Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill told The Compass Friday, July 4 the information about a suspect did not come from officials within the RCMP. He also confirmed the case would not be rushed.
“We are following everything meticulously and we’re going to take as long as it takes to find out the truth in this matter,” Merrill said.
RCMP has been adamant there is no threat to public safety.
Merrill confirmed dozens of interviews had been conducted last week, and officers were using the information to help advance the investigation.
Sources have told The Compass Porter, who is originally from Port de Grave, went home in a taxicab the night he died from the Coach House nightclub in nearby Bay Roberts.
A second taxi driver and some of Porter’s friends and family found him outside his home with serious injuries. The road was cordoned off for the investigation.
For four days after, Sunday through most of Wednesday, the main road remained closed. Investigators were on scene gathering evidence both inside and outside the home.
On Wednesday and Thursday, members of the Avalon North Wolverines search and rescue team were some 400 metres from the crime scene. Sources confirm they were searching for evidence.
Meanwhile, those who spoke with The Compass over the past week have referred to Porter as a quiet and likable man, who shovelled snow from his neighbours’ driveways before doing his own, hosted family New Year’s Eve parties and was an overall good person. Porter was also a fisherman who shared his seafood with several of his neighbours.
A local cab company owner called him a regular customer who was a, “good fellow to deal with.”
People who knew Porter said he was never in trouble with the law, but had some turmoil in his life recently.
Many in the quiet town of some 550 people were shocked to hear something so tragic could happen there.