OPP renew call for tips on 20th anniversary of double homicide
It was Feb. 2, 1999 when the bodies of Roger Smith and Wendy Haveron were found in their rural home on Wellington Road north of St. Thomas.
Police and fire crews responded to an early morning house fire, but an investigation found both Smith and Haveron died from blunt force trauma, and that the fire at their home had been deliberately set.
Now, 20 years later, OPP say the investigation continues and they are again asking the public for tips in the death of the couple.
Haveron's sister Wanda Smith said the news of the murder was difficult to hear.
She and other family members gathered at the location Saturday where the crime occurred.
"(We were) thinking that Wendy and Roger had just died in a fire. We didn't find out for a couple days that it was a murder. That just devastated us," she said.
Melissa Lacroix, Haveron's niece said the family tries to keep the case in the spotlight.
"We try to keep it on social media. Time keeps passing and keeping it out there is what is most important," she said.
In 2009, the 10-year anniversary of their deaths, a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved was approved by the province.
It still stands.
Both police and family members believe someone may know something about the death of the dairy farming couple.
Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at: www.londoncrimestoppers.com
It has been 20 years since the bodies of Roger Smith and Wendy Haveron were discovered in their Wellington Road home north of St. Thomas, Ontario. #ElginOPP PC Adam Crewdson has more on how members of the public can play a vital role in solving this case. ^dr pic.twitter.com/MD51ipIh1i— OPP West (@OPP_WR) February 1, 2019