Simcoe County Case Files

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Simcoe County Case Files

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

On May 31, 2017, at a news conference, OPP Superintendent Jim SMYTH and Barrie Police 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 were profiled in episodic form videos posted to a dedicated Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page. The new initiative generated over 200,000 views on social media, and on November 2, 2017, a fourth investigation was added.

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

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 File 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.
  • 30-year-old Jamiee Lee MILLER, mother of three, went missing on October 12, 2015. Her body was later discovered in the Simcoe County forest, north of Midhurst, on March 16, 2016.   

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