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News Release

-UPDATE- Man Identified in Brantford Incident

Case Number: 09-OCD-010

TORONTO (22 January, 2009) --- Investigators have positively identified the man whose body was recovered after he went through the ice of the Grand River in Brantford on Tuesday.

The body of Mr. Benjamin Wood, 32-years-old of Oakville, Ontario was recovered at noon on Tuesday January 20, 2009. Mr. Wood had been interacting with officers of the Brantford Police Service (BPS) in the early morning hours when he ventured out onto the ice surface of the Grand River near the Brantford Casino. A short time after doing so he was seen by the BPS officers going through the ice.

A post mortem was conducted on Mr. Woods yesterday in Hamilton.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and six officers as witness officers.

The SIU is continuing its investigation, and investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529 extension #1965.

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. 

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