Fourth person charged in homicide investigation
A fourth person has been charged in connection with the disappearance of Douglas Hill, a 48-year-old Six Nations man police believe was killed.
Nicholas Joel Shipman, 34, of Ohsweken, on Six Nations of the Grand River, was arrested Tuesday and charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
A 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, already faces a charge of seconddegree murder.
Two others also face charges of accessory after the fact: Holly Martin, 35, of Brantford, and Lori Anne Staats, 24, of Six Nations.
The charges come as OPP and Six Nations Police continue to search for Hill, last seen on Six Nations on June 24 at about 9 a.m.
“This is an active investigation and we will continue to leave no stone unturned,” said Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers. “Somebody knows where he is located and we need them to have the courage to contact us.”
Police have also been looking for a dark-coloured SUV with tinted windows and possible front-end damage that may be connected to the case. The vehicle was seen the day of Hill’s disappearance in the area of Sutherland Road, also known as Chippewa Road or Side Road 8, on the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.
The vehicle may have also travelled through Muncey, Ont., or Oneida First Nations.
Hill is described as an Indigenous man, five-foot-five, about 167 pounds, with a thin build, long dark hair in a ponytail, and a visible tattoo of a feather on his right cheek. He is known to wear prescription sunglasses and has facial hair.
Shipman has a history with Six Nations Police, having been charged in 2014 with attempted murder in relation to a stabbing.
According to the Brantford Expositor, Shipman evaded police for more than a year before being caught when he was in a car crash in Brantford in September 2015. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in December to time served after spending more than 13 months in jail.
Shipman is scheduled to appear in Brantford court at a later date.
Anyone with information on Hill’s disappearance is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Six Nations Police Service at 519-445-2811.
To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Nicholas Joel Shipman