Murder victim linked to earlier victim
A Six Nations woman, whose body was found Sunday in a community near London, was connected to a Brantford man, whose body was found in the same area more than a year ago.
Police this week identified Melissa Trudy Miller, 37, as one of three homicide victims, whose bodies were found in Middlesex Centre, northwest of London. The others are Alan Grant Porter, 33, and Michael Shane Jamieson, 32, also of Six Nations, Autopsies revealed they had been murdered, police said.
Their bodies were found in an area near Bodkin Road, just outside the Oneida First Nations Territory.
The body of Douglas James Hill, 48, was found buried in a shallow grave on Bodkin Road, just inside the Oneida territory.
During a recent preliminary hearing about accessory to murder charges laid in Hill’s death, Miller was described as Hill’s girlfriend or common-in-law wife.
A young woman, who is now 18, was eventually charged with Hill’s murder and three adults stood accused of helping the teen get rid of Hill’s body by burying it.
Although police have never released the cause of Hill’s death, information at the preliminary hearing for the three in September revealed the Brantford man was bludgeoned to death with the clawend of a hammer sometime after 11:30 a.m. on June 24, 2017.
After more than a week of court testimony, a justice dismissed the accessory charges against Brantford’s Holly Martin, and Lori Anne Staats and Nicholas Joel Shipman of Six Nations. They pleaded not guilty.
The teenager was set to face charges of murder this week but the charges were dropped on Oct. 17 with no other information available from the local Crown’s office or the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
Six Nations police say they are assisting the OPP’S investigation of the triple murder.
They asked anyone with information to come forward.
“In light of this tragic and traumatic event that has affected the Six Nations, as well as surrounding communities, Six Nations police would like to remind everyone to be respectful of the families at this time and let them heal,” said the police in a news release.
Meantime, the OPP is seeking information on sightings of a grey 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that may have been spotted in the Middlesex/oneida area at about 10 a.m. last Sunday.
Elected Six Nations Chief Ava Hill also released a statement on Friday asking for privacy for the families.
“We are saddened to hear of the loss of three of our community members,” Hill said.
“Our thoughts now are with the family members and our community agencies are gathering together to provide support to the families and the community.”
The chief said anyone needing that support can call on Gane Yohs Community Health Centre on Chiefswood Road throughout the weekend.
“We understand this is an ongoing police investigation by the OPP and we encourage them to conduct as thorough an investigation as possible to find the people responsible for this terrible crime.”
According to testimony given at the preliminary hearing, on the day Hill went missing, Shipman stopped in unexpectedly at a family member’s home about 20 minutes from where Hill’s body was later found, and asked to borrow a shovel.
When he and two women returned, their vehicle was covered in mud and so were they. The three used a garden hose to wash the SUV they were driving and themselves, according to testimony.
Hill’s decomposing body was found, eight weeks later, in the grave where animals had disturbed his bones.
Miller and Douglas Hill were charged together after a highspeed police chase in 2013 where the vehicle they were in burst into flames after an accident on Highway 3 in Norfolk County. Both were charged with theft and Hill was charged with failing to stop for police.
Police are asking anyone who might have information about the murders to contact the OPP at 1-844-677-5050 or Six Nations police at 519 445-2811.
Police are asking the public for tips about a a grey 2006 Chevrolet Silverardo pickup truck that may have been seen in the area of Bodkin Road in Middelex Centre prior to 10 a.m. Sunday.
The bodies of three Six Nations residents were found near Bodkin Road and Jones Drive, near Oneida Nation of the Thames, in Middlesex Centre, on Sunday morning. Police are investigating their deaths as homicides.