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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Woman in Zorra Township

Case Number: 18-PCD-227

Mississauga, ON (29 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 39-year-old woman in Zorra, a township in Oxford County.

On the morning of July 28, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer with the Oxford detachment spoke with the woman by phone and asked her to turn herself in, in relation to an investigation. Despite promising she would, the woman did not come to the detachment and did not answer the officer’s phone calls. At approximately 9 a.m. the following day, the officer attended the woman’s residence, but no one opened the door or answered when he called. The officer left a phone message, informing the woman that he would be back with a warrant. Shortly thereafter, the woman’s boyfriend and another friend found the woman in a shed on the property. She had committed suicide.

Acting Director Martino said, “The evidence indicates the woman’s death was solely the result of a suicidal act, and therefore there is patently nothing further to investigate as far as any potential criminal liability on the part of any police officers is concerned in connection with her death. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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