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News Release

Update: SIU Releases Name of Deceased Woman who was in Custody of Elgin County OPP

Case Number: 16-PCD-229

Mississauga, ON (9 September, 2016) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 39-year-old woman on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. In accordance with the SIU name release policy, the deceased woman has been identified as Debra Chrisjohn from Oneida Nation of the Thames. 
   
Four investigators and one forensic investigator from the SIU have been assigned to investigate this incident. At this time, one subject officer and six witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. 

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. 

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342