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News Release

Update: SIU Investigating Death in Thunder Bay Area

Case Number: 11-PCD-210

Mississauga (17 October, 2011) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 23-year-old Kurtis McVittie of Hunstville at the Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park on October 12, 2011.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and three officers as witness officers. A number of civilian witnesses have been identified.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has audio or video recordings relating to it, to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1957 or 1 800 787 8529 extension 1957.

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. 

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