Kettle and Stony Point First Nation homicide victim identified
KETTLE AND STONY POINT FIRST NATION, ONT. -- Lambton County OPP say a deceased man found at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation over the weekend was the victim of a homicide.
Human remains were found around 1:15 p.m. Sunday as OPP assisted the Anishinabek Police Service with a search of the area.
A post mortem was completed on Monday, and determined the person had died as a result of a homicide.
OPP Const. Jamie Stanley could not comment on the circumstances around the death, but told CTV News no arrests have been made. “The cause of death has not been established but we do know it’s the result of a homicide. The specific manner of the death, we don’t have that information at this given time.”
While police have not officially identified the man, family members tell CTV News the deceased is 29-year-old David Oliver.
Anishinabek police had put out a call for help to locate the man, after family and friends became became concerned for his welfare when he didn't show up for work.
The chief of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Jason Henry, confirms to CTV News that Oliver had been reported missing on Friday.
“I knew David Oliver. He was a very kind and peaceful young man. He was a very strong and strapping young man. Always very polite to people when I see him, always acknowledge me in a very respectful way.”
On Tuesday, OPP officers could be seen scouring the bush area off of Highway 21, just north of Army Camp road inside the former Ipperwash army camp. They also appeared to be searching for evidence in the ditch along the highway.
Several police vehicles, including an OPP forensic van, could be seen parked around the remains of a smoke shop that was burned down in June, reportedly during a time of high tension in the community.
Henry said the community is united in mourning at this time.“This is nothing you would ever expect or anticipate. Again, we’re a rather peaceful community. We’ve had some tumultuous times in the past but by and large we’re past that and we’re a very unified community here, but this is a very very difficult time for us.”
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on the situation is asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The OPP is reminding the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times.