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News Release

Update: SIU Investigates Custody Incident in Ottawa

Case Number: 15-OCD-130

Mississauga (27 June, 2015) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding a custody incident that occurred on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the City of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Police Service has advised the SIU that they recovered a body from the Rideau River at approximately 9:20am Saturday. The Office of the Chief Coroner has been advised and an autopsy will be conducted once the body is positively identified.

Four investigators have been assigned to investigate this incident.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529 Ext. 1925.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Lenard Shaw,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342