Po­lice leav­ing ‘no stone un­turned’ in search for homi­cide vic­tim

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - TEVIAH MORO tmoro@thes­pec.com 905-526-3264 | @Te­vi­ahMoro

SIX NA­TIONS — Po­lice con­tin­ued to search for the body of a 48-yearold Six Na­tions man after charg­ing two peo­ple in con­nec­tion with his homi­cide.

Of­fi­cers were on foot look­ing for Dou­glas Hill’s body on Six Na­tions Thurs­day and fol­low­ing up on tips from the pub­lic in Haldimand and Brant coun­ties.

“We are go­ing to leave no stone un­turned,” OPP me­dia of­fi­cer Const. Ed Sanchuk said.

“Our hope is that we can try and bring some clo­sure to the Hill fam­ily by lo­cat­ing Mr. Hill,” he said.

Hill was ini­tially the sub­ject of a miss­ing-per­sons bul­letin after he was last spot­ted on Six Na­tions on June 24 around 9 a.m. Po­lice now be­lieve the 48-year-old is dead and are con­duct­ing a homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A 17-year-old girl, who can’t be named un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

Po­lice said Thurs­day they’d also charged Holly Martin, 35, of Brant­ford. She was ar­rested Wed­nes­day night and charged with ac­ces­sory after the fact to mur­der.

Hill was liv­ing in Brant­ford at the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance. He’d left his home on foot in the south end of the city around 6 a.m. on June 24, po­lice said in a news re­lease is­sued three days later. His fam­ily didn’t know where he was go­ing, but three hours later, he was seen on Six Na­tions.

Po­lice said Hill — a small, slight man with long dark hair and many tat­toos, in­clud­ing one of a feather on his cheek — had fam­ily and friends on Six Na­tions, where he was a band mem­ber.

Sanchuk said he couldn’t speak to the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two ac­cused and Hill, nor say whether a weapon had been found.

“Ob­vi­ously, we don’t want to jeop­ar­dize the case in any way.”

Po­lice were still re­ceiv­ing tips from the pub­lic Thurs­day and search­ing in ter­rain that’s thick with bush. Sanchuk wouldn’t say ex­actly where po­lice were fo­cus­ing their ef­forts but noted some of­fi­cers emerged from searches cov­ered in ticks. “It’s very dif­fi­cult to get in where we’re at.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case to con­tact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Six Na­tions Po­lice Ser­vice at 519-445-2811.

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