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News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into Death in Ottawa

Case Number: 15-OCD-130

Mississauga (29 June, 2015) ---
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who entered the Rideau River on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Ottawa.

The man’s body was recovered from the river by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers on Saturday, June 27.  A post-mortem examination is taking place this morning in Ottawa.  The deceased has not yet been positively identified.

The SIU has designated four witness officers and two subject officers from the OPS.  In addition, the Unit has assigned four investigators to investigate this incident.  

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the SIU lead investigator 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. 

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