Mur­der vic­tim linked to ear­lier vic­tim

Simcoe Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - SU­SAN GAM­BLE Ex­pos­i­tor Staff

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.

Sub­mited Photo

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.

Jonathan Juha/ Pos tme dia news

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.

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