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Police Collaborate and Innovate to Seek Resolution - Simcoe County Case Files

Police Collaborate and Innovate to Seek Resolution - Simcoe County Case Files
May 30th, 2017 - Police & the Community

(BARRIE, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Barrie Police Service are turning to video vignettes and a rolling billboard to generate information on unsolved murders and missing person’s cases.

At a news conference today, OPP Superintendent Jim SMYTH and Barrie Police Service Chief Kimberley GREENWOOD unveiled Simcoe County Case Files – a new initiative to reinvigorate the investigations with a goal of providing resolutions to the families and friends who have survived tragic losses with local ties.

Three investigations involving a total of four victims who met with foul play in or near the City of Barrie are being profiled in episodic form videos posted to a dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page in the coming weeks. Police have also wrapped a cube van with case information to direct viewers to the Facebook page and encourage tips. The cube van will be strategically parked in various locations throughout the Greater Simcoe County area.

Police urge viewers to provide information by calling the dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Hotline toll-free at 1-844-677-5030, by email at SimcoeCountyCaseFiles@opp.ca  or – to remain anonymous – call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Media resources, including poster graphics and the Simcoe County Case Files video series, can be viewed on the Ontario Provincial Police website or via the Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page.

Cases being profiled through Simcoe County Case Files are:

  • 17-year-old Cindy HALLIDAY of Waverley, Ontario was last seen hitchhiking near Midhurst on April 20th, 1992. She had been visiting a friend in the City of Barrie. Her remains were discovered in a wooded area of Springwater Township on June 17th, 1992.
     
  • 21-year-old Grant AYERST and 36-year-old Norman WHALLEY of British Columbia were last seen leaving a Toronto hotel on September 11th, 1991. Their remains have never been recovered. Considered missing, it is strongly suspected both met with foul play in the City of Barrie.
     
  • 40-year-old April DOBSON was outdoors, sitting on a porch at a friend’s residence in Barrie when she was tragically shot to death on October 14th of 2005.

QUOTES

Simcoe County Case Files can generate more information for ongoing investigations of unsolved murders and missing persons cases where foul play is strongly suspected. People from or who lived in Barrie and the Greater Simcoe County area at the time of these crimes may have information. We are now providing a great opportunity to bring that information forward.” – Superintendent Jim SMYTH, OPP Central Region - Operations
 

Community safety and well-being is everyone’s responsibility. We rely on collaborative action and police mobilizing with the citizens – regardless of where they live today – to help members of our communities find resolution. I’m confident this new initiative will add to the growing list of investigative successes that require a collaborative approach.” – Chief Kimberley GREENWOOD, Barrie Police Service
 

Media Contacts:

A/Staff Sgt. Peter LEON                                 PC Sarah BAMFORD
Provincial Media Coordinator                         Media Officer
OPP Corporate Communications                   Barrie Police Service - Corporate Communications

Phone:          (705) 329-6878                          Phone:          (705) 725-7025 Ext. 2926
E-mail:          peter.leon@opp.ca                    E-mail:          sbamford@barriepolice.ca