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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses in Port Hope Death

Case Number: 08-OCD-169

TORONTO (21 August, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is seeking the assistance of the public in its investigation into the death of a Port Hope man.

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday August 20, 2008, a woman walking her dog discovered a man apparently unconscious on the sidewalk in front of a residence at 76 Cavan Street in Port Hope. The man, identified as 36-year-old Daryl Thompson of Port Hope, was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Port Hope police station. During a subsequent check of the cells later that day, he was found with vital signs absent and pronounced dead by the local coroner.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto today.

The SIU is appealing for anyone, who may have been with Mr. Thompson prior to he being discovered at about 12:20 a.m. August 20th or who may have any information about this matter, to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529 or 416-641-1867.

The SIU has assigned two field investigators and two forensic investigators to this case. Three officers - two subject officers and one witness officer - have been designated as part of the investigation to assist in determining the circumstances and sequences of events surrounding this occurrence.

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. 

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