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News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Woman at Police Station in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 20-OCD-117

Mississauga, ON (22 May, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old woman yesterday in Niagara Falls.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Shortly after 5 p.m. on May 20, 2020, the woman was arrested in the area of Kitchener Street and Slater Avenue for breaching conditions. She was taken to the Niagara Regional Police Service station and lodged in a cell.
  • At approximately 2 p.m. on May 21, 2020, the woman attended a tele-bail hearing. She was then returned to her cell.
  • At 4:50 p.m., the woman was found unresponsive in her cell.
  • Emergency Medical Services attended. The woman was pronounced deceased. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. The post-mortem is scheduled for today in Toronto.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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