News Release

Man’s Fall from Rock in Jocko River Led to His Death; SIU Terminates Investigation

Case Number: 18-PCD-266

Mississauga, ON (17 October, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man last month in Nipissing District.

In the morning hours of September 23, 2018, the man and a friend were hiking up a waterfall on Jocko River. The man suddenly fell from a rock and landed on the ground below. Soon after, he went unconscious. The friend performed life-saving measures, and then – because there was no cell reception – he got in his canoe and set out to locate help. The friend canoed to a house and called 911 requesting medical attention. Emergency Medical Services and Ontario Provincial Police officers attended the area. Despite attempts to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Director Loparco said, “The man’s death resulted from medical complications arising from a fall from a large rock near a waterfall on Jocko River and had nothing to do with the conduct of the police. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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