Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate sus­pi­cious death in Vanier

Up­stairs neigh­bour finds body af­ter hear­ing loud noise


An Ottawa man has died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

Of­fi­cers with the ma­jor crime unit were called to a small bun­ga­low on Vanier’s Jol­liet Av­enue at about noon Thurs­day af­ter po­lice re- ceived a re­port that a man’s body had been found in a base­ment apart­ment.

By late evening, po­lice would only say that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a “ sus­pi­cious death.” They de­clined to release the name or the age of the vic­tim, or the cause of death, pend­ing au­topsy re­sults.

How­ever, neigh­bours and and fam­ily mem­bers iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as De­nis Mitrow, a res­i­dent of 102 Jol­liet Ave., and de­scribed him as a man in his early 50s.

Mitrow, they say, was shar- ing his apart­ment with a woman by the name of Martha. Neigh­bours de­scribed her as an Inuit from Nu­navut. She had been liv­ing in the apart­ment for about six years. In re­cent days, an­other man had also been stay­ing in the apart­ment, neigh­bours said.

Mitrow was well known to area res­i­dents, hav­ing lived on Jol­liet Av­enue for about a dozen years.

“ He liked his beer and he liked his mu­sic,” said one neigh­bour, who gave his name only as Rocky. He re­lated how he and the vic­tim of­ten played gui­tar to­gether. “He was a happy drunk.”

Other neigh­bours say there was an­other side to Mitrow’s fond­ness for drink.

“He was a nice guy, but the cops were here reg­u­larly,” said Chris Wenge, who lives across the street. “They (De- nis and Martha) were con­stantly fight­ing.”

Gilles Ber­linguette, the vic­tim’s un­cle, who also lives on the street, said he un­der­stood from other rel­a­tives that Mitrow had been stabbed.

Based on state­ments from neigh­bours, it ap­pears that the woman who lives in the apart­ment above Mitrow’s thought some­thing was wrong af­ter she heard the mu­sic sud­denly stop, only to be fol­lowed by a “loud noise” and the sight of Martha run­ning out­side. She went to in­ves­ti­gate and found Mitrow’s body.


In­ves­ti­ga­tors were called to 102 Jol­liett Ave. Thurs­day af­ter a man’s body was found in a base­ment apart­ment. Neigh­bours and fam­ily iden­ti­fied the man as De­nis Mitrow, who had lived there for about 12 years.

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