Mur­der probe at Ket­tle and Stony Point

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION + WEATHER - TERRY BRIDGE

The pro­vin­cial po­lice’s an­nounce­ment they’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a homi­cide af­ter hu­man re­mains were found at Ket­tle and Stony Point First Na­tion has rocked the com­mu­nity and res­i­dents are jump­ing to con­clu­sions as to who the vic­tim might be, its chief says.

A body was dis­cov­ered by po­lice around 1:15 p.m. Sun­day and a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion the fol­low­ing day de­ter­mined the per­son died as a re­sult of a homi­cide, the Lambton OPP said Tues­day.

“No­body’s ever pre­pared for a sud­den death like this, and a homi­cide in par­tic­u­lar is very trau­matic for the com­mu­nity,” Ket­tle and Stony Point First Na­tion Chief Ja­son Henry said. “We’re a fairly small com­mu­nity where most peo­ple are re­lated and cer­tainly ev­ery­body knows one an­other, so the com­mu­nity is hit very hard by this.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors, though, were still work­ing to con­firm the vic­tim’s iden­tity, po­lice said. Const. Jamie Stan­ley, an OPP spokesper­son, said Tues­day there is no time­line on how long that will take.

The Lambton OPP, the west re­gion emer­gency re­sponse team and the ca­nine unit helped Anishin­abek po­lice with Satur­day’s search at the First Na­tion, about 25 kilo­me­tres west of Grand Bend.

One day ear­lier, Anishin­abek po­lice is­sued a miss­ing-per­son re­port. David Oliver was last seen around 3 a.m. Fri­day, po­lice said.

In a brief up­date Sun­day, Anishin­abek po­lice said a 29-yearold man who went miss­ing was found, but no ad­di­tional de­tails were avail­able.

Henry said “that’s the con­clu­sion that peo­ple are jump­ing to” but added there have been “too many mis­steps” made by peo­ple in­side and out­side the com­mu­nity.

Flags at the First Na­tion were low­ered to half-mast.

Mur­ray Bres­sette, a sergeant with the Anishin­abek po­lice de­part­ment in Ket­tle and Stony Point, said Tues­day he can’t com­ment on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause it’s be­ing led by the OPP.

Stan­ley said he couldn’t com­ment on the state of the body or if po­lice be­lieve weapons were in­volved in the death.

“All we can say is the cause of death has been ruled to be a homi­cide,” he said.

Stan­ley said he wasn’t aware of any sus­pects as of Tues­day. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, led by the OPP’S crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion branch, is on­go­ing and fur­ther up­dates will be pro­vided as they be­come avail­able, po­lice said.

A build­ing was burned down at the First Na­tion in late June dur­ing a con­fronta­tion cen­tered around pot shops.

Ket­tle and Stony Point mem­bers were recorded in a video posted on so­cial me­dia call­ing the cannabis store op­er­a­tors “in­vaders” and say­ing they had no right to the land. The stores were ac­cused of be­ing il­le­gal.

Stan­ley said he had “no knowl­edge” if the homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion had any con­nec­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to call Lambton County OPP at 519-882-1011 or 1-888310-1122.

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