Chill­ing week for Con­cep­tion Bay North

Rare homi­cide sends shock­waves through re­gion; Dale Porter de­scribed as quiet, lik­able

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

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.

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