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