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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man at Tews Falls in Hamilton

Case Number: 18-OOD-284

Mississauga, ON (16 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the September 2018 death of a 28-year-old man in Hamilton.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Guelph Police Service (GPS) officers began an investigation into the suspicious death of a man who was found in the area of Arthur Street and Wellington Street. A 28-year-old man became a person of interest. At approximately 6 p.m., officers made contact with the man and asked that he attend at the GPS headquarters the following day for an interview. The next day, the man did not attend the GPS station as he had agreed to do. A friend became concerned for the man’s mental health and safety and she contacted the GPS and reported her concerns. At approximately 9 p.m., the man’s vehicle was located in the vicinity of Tews Falls in Hamilton. With the assistance of Hamilton Police Service officers, a search was commenced but called off at 11:37 p.m. due to the darkness. On the morning of Saturday, September 22, 2018, the man was located deceased at the bottom of Tews Falls. The forensic pathologist provided the preliminary cause of the man’s death as “multiple blunt force trauma – descent from height.”              

Director Loparco said, “The evidence establishes that the man’s death happened without police being anywhere in his presence and did not involve police actions or omissions. Accordingly, 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