Homicide Investigation


Dobson Homicide Investigation

Occurrence Type: Homicide Investigation
Date of investigation: Friday, October 14, 2005
Dobson Homicide Investigation
October 14th, 2006 - Unsolved Major Crime Investigations

The Homicide investigation of April Lynn Dobson has reached its 10th year anniversary.  April Dobson was murdered on the front porch of a friends residence located at 300 Browning Trail in the City of Barrie.

On the night of Friday, October 14, 2005, late in the evening April Dobson, 40 years of age at the time, had finished her shift at the Molson Park Swiss Chalet, and had gone to a coworkers residence located on Browning Trail to help work on the colleague's car. Afterwards, police report, that the two women and a female roommate were sitting on the front porch enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers and drinking some wine.  Dobson was seated with her back to the street. Soon after midnight, there were reports of a shot fired.  Dobson was struck in the head.

Despite the best efforts of police and paramedics to revive her, Dobson succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Moments later, a witness noticed a young man running eastbound from the area, getting on a mountain style bicycle, and riding away southward on the catwalk leading from Browning Trail to Bronte Crescent.

The person of interest is believed to be familiar with the area or may live in the neighborhood. The Homicide Unit, within the Barrie Police Service would like to thank the members of the public that have assisted in this investigation to date.  The Homicide Unit is appealing for the public's continued assistance in solving this homicide.  The Homicide Unit believes that a person or persons are holding back vital information simply out of fear or a misplaced sense of integrity.

In September 2013 the Barrie Police Service launched a $50,000 reward campaign for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of April Lynn Dobson.

Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to call the Barrie Police Homicide Unit Tip line at (705) 725-7025 ext. # 2160, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display. You will not be required to testify in court and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The following links will provide further information in relation to this homicide.

Barrie Police Homicide Unit Seeking Witnesses

Crime Stoppers Re-enactment Video