Dobson Homicide Investigation

On Friday, October 14, 2005,  April Dobson was murdered on the front porch of a friends residence located at 300 Browning Trail, in the City of Barrie.

In the late evening of Friday, October 14, 2005, 40-year-old April Dobson had finished her shift at Swiss Chalet located on Molson Park Drive, and then travelled to a coworkers residence located on Browning Trail, to help work on her 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 had been seated with her back to the street, and just 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 neighbourhood. 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 videos will provide further information in relation to this homicide.

Simcoe County Case Files

Occurrence Type: Homicide Investigation
Date of investigation: Friday, October 14, 2005

If you have any information in regards to this crime, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2160.

Should you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at If you have any information on this crime or any others, being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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