For the past year, investigators under the direction of Detective Inspector Martin Graham of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have been working to identify the person or persons who are responsible for the murder of 47-year old David Palmer.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, investigators know:
Mr. Palmer was reported missing on October 6, 2015.
He was last seen alive on October 2, 2015 as his image was captured on video surveillance at the Race Trac Service Station located on Highway 35 in Pontypool, Ontario where he purchased gas for his car.
On October 14, 2015, Mr. Palmer’s gold coloured 2002 Honda Accord, with Ontario Licence plate BWCZ 783, was recovered by police near Spruce Lake Trail, near the Village of Haliburton.
At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Palmer was wearing a dark coloured St. Louis Blues hat, dark coloured coat, a blue shirt, gray track pants and white running shoes. He is further described as being 6’ tall, 280 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes.
On May 7, 2016, the OPP discovered human remains north of the Village of Haliburton and those remains were positively identified as belonging to David Palmer.
Searches conducted have failed to locate Mr. Palmer’s wallet and black Samsung flip style phone.
Also outstanding is the St. Louis Blues baseball hat that he is seen wearing after he serviced his 2002, 4-door, gold, coloured Honda Accord back on October 2, 2015.
With Fall now upon us and this weekend being Thanksgiving, it is anticipated that people will be turning to our forested areas to enjoy the changing colours from now until the days that lead up to the first snow.
The OPP is asking if anyone should happen to locate a wallet, a Samsung Flip Phone or a St. Louis Blues baseball hat to please contact the OPP immediately by dialing 911 – and please remember to not touch or move what you found.
The OPP is also asking that anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity and or vehicles in the Spruce Lake area before or during the month of October 2015 to please contact police.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Matthew Carmichael of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit by contacting him at 705-324-6741.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca or at: www.stopcrimehere.ca. Please remember that tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 should your information lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of David Palmer.