Can you help police solve David Palmer’s murder?

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.

Maasland homicide investigation team to receive an award

The police team that investigated the Paul Maasland murder case in Bracebridge is up for an award from their peers. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will honour some of its most outstanding members at its annual Accolade Awards today.

The awards are presented annually to both uniform and civilian members who have made noteworthy and meaningful contributions, including partnerships with other communities and police services/organizations. The award honourees represent excellence in various special team and individual categories.

Nominations are submitted by member’s peers, and are then reviewed by a distinguished panel of community members and OPP staff of various ranks. Ultimately, 13 remarkable individuals and/or teams have been chosen to be rewarded for their outstanding achievements.

The 2016 Accolade Award recipients are:

Officer of the Year

Detective Constable J.G. (Jeffrey) Nussey

Civilian of the Year

Ms. C. (Christine) Johnstone

Auxiliary Member of the Year

Auxiliary Sergeant P. (Paul) Elms

Jim Potts Award

Sergeant C.C. (Chris) Amell

Valuing & Supporting People

Ms. L. (Lynda) Ware

Enforcement

Middlesex Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Initiative Team (see below)

Investigation

Paquette Homicide Team (see below)

Innovation & Creativity

Special Constable M. (Mark) Blocksdorf – Individual

Offline Record Acquisition (ORA) system – Team

Ms. A. (Andrea) Hayman

Mr. B.W. (Bryan) Johnstone

Sergeant N.L. (Nathalie) Rivard

Dedication

Provincial Constable N.A. (Nancy) Wagner

Team Achievement

Maasland Homicide Team (see below)

Community Service

Provincial Constable S. (Sandro) Cave

Partnership

Provincial Constable J.K. (Judy) King – Individual

Project Kirby Team (see below) – Team

Middlesex Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Initiative Team

Detective Sergeant B.G. (Brad) Durfy

Orillia ON

Provincial Constable J.C. (John) Ginn

Strathroy ON

Traffic Staff Sergeant A.I. (Anthony) Hymers

London ON

Provincial Constable K. (Karl) Johnston

London ON

Provincial Constable C.R. (Caroline) Kennedy

London ON

Provincial Constable T.P. (Tim) Kunkel

Strathroy ON

Provincial Constable C. (Chris) Mathurin

Strathroy ON

Traffic Sergeant B.M. (Ben) McIntyre

Ingersoll ON

Provincial Constable E. (Liz) Melvin

Strathroy ON

Provincial Constable P.J. (Pat) Mills

London ON

Provincial Constable D.W. (Dan) Milne

London ON

Provincial Constable Y. (Joe) Mohamed

London ON

Provincial Constable C. (Cory) Nelson

Strathroy ON

Provincial Constable T.M. (Toni) Reinholt

London ON

Sergeant D.S. (Dave) Rektor

London ON

Mr. D.J. (Derek) Rogers

London ON

Provincial Constable S.M. (Sue) Stewart

London ON

Provincial Constable V.P. (Pete) Stewart

London ON

Staff Sergeant B.D. (Bradley) Thompson

Strathroy ON

Provincial Constable L.A. (Lisa) Trahan

Strathroy ON

Provincial Constable R.P. (Richard) Trgovcevic

London ON

Mr. E. (Ewoud) VanGoch

Ministry of Transportation

Putnam ON

Paquette Homicide Team

Detective Inspector C.C. (Chris) Avery

London ON

Detective Constable V.L. (Vicki) Bradford

Petrolia ON

Detective Constable (Retired) C.A. (Colin) Darmon
Mount Forest ON

Detective Constable D.R. (Don) Drury

Petrolia ON

Mr. J. (Jeremy) Dupuis

Orillia ON

Detective Sergeant (Retired) J.K. (Jim) Falconer

Orillia ON

Provincial Constable S. (Saghar) Farnoosh

Embrum ON

Detective Sergeant S.M. (Sharon) Hanlon

Orillia ON

Provincial Constable H.B. (Bruce) Keefe

Petrolia ON

Identification Constable P.M.L. (Mark) Lancaster

Chatham ON

Mr. G. (Gerry) Lanna

Orillia ON

Detective Constable D.A. (Denis) Leblanc

Petrolia ON

Detective Sergeant T.J. (Tim) Mason

Petrolia ON

Detective Sergeant M.R. (Mike) McCabe

Goderich ON

Ms. M.L. (Martha) McDonald

Orillia ON

Detective Staff Sergeant K.J. (Kellie) McKibbin

Chatham ON

Ms. M.L. (Marg) McPhaden

London ON

Mr. B.J. (Brian) Peck

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Ms. J.E. (Jennette) Sanderson

Orillia ON

Mr. P.J. (Phillip) Wilkinson

Orillia ON

Detective Constable J.L. (Jennifer) Wilson

Petrolia ON

Maasland Homicide Investigation Team

Detective Inspector C.A. (Craig) Abrams

Smiths Falls ON

Detective Sergeant K.G. (Kelly) Anderson

Orillia ON

Identification Constable S.R. (Steve) Barnstaple

Orillia ON

Mr. J. (Jaswinder) Brar

Ministry of Finance

Pickering ON

Sergeant B.E. (Brian) Crisp

Bracebridge ON

Ms. L. (Linda) Cowie

Orillia ON

Detective Inspector J.A. (Gilles) Depratto

Orillia ON

Detective Constable L.M. (Luc) Dumont

Huntsville ON

Detective Sergeant (Retired) J.K. (Jim) Falconer

Orillia ON

Superintendent G.P.J. (Guy) Faucher

Orillia ON

Mr. M. (Michael) Flosman

Ministry of Attorney General

Barrie ON

R. (Robin) Flumerfelt

Ministry of Attorney General

Toronto ON

Mr. R. (Robert) Gerard

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Detective Constable E.D. (Don) Hammond

Bracebridge ON

Detective Constable J.H. (Jeff) Handsor

Huntsville ON

Detective Constable V.J. (Vicki) Hornick

Bracebridge ON

Ms. L. (Lyndsay) Jeanes

Ministry of Attorney General

Bracebridge ON

Mr. G. (Gerry) Lanna

Orillia ON

Ms. E. (Elspeth) Lindsay

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Detective Constable (Retired) J.R. (John) MacDonald

Bracebridge ON

Ms. L.A. (Linda) Manovich

Orillia ON

Ms. C. (Christine) McCarthy

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Detective Constable A.W. (Andrew) Muller

Huntsville ON

Mr. J. (John) Norman

Orillia ON

Provincial Constable (posthumously) B.J. (Brad) Pearsall

Bracebridge ON

Ms. K. (Kim) Sharpe

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Mr. D.T. (Dave) Sibley

Orillia ON

Ms. K. (Kelly) Swift-Henderson

Orillia ON

Identification Constable (Retired) B.M. (Brenda) Thomas

Orillia ON

Mr. A. (Andrew) Wolf

Centre of Forensic Sciences

Toronto ON

Project Kirby Team

Constable E. (Ed) Armstrong

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Special Agent J. (Jesse) Artiles

Homeland Security

Detective Constable P.M. (Paul) Bawden

Belle River ON

Detective Constable S. (Sara) Beck

Hamilton Police Service

Hamilton ON

Detective Constable D.W.R. (Dave) Bernier

Orillia ON

Detective Constable J.W. (Jamie) Blair

Orillia ON

Detective Constable C.E. (Curtis) Bohn

Orillia ON

Detective Constable M. (Micah) Bourdeau

London Police Service

Detective Sergeant A.J. (Andy) Bradford

Orillia ON

Constable S. (Steve) Brnardic

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Detective Constable C.C. (Chance) Chase

Orillia ON

RIO H. (Heather) Christopher

Canadian Border Services Agency

Detective Constable W.G.N. (Bill) Crawford

Orillia ON

Detective Constable P.F. (Paul) Duarte

Orillia ON

Sergeant K. (Kyle) Hartley

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Detective Constable D.M. (Derek) Helmke

Orillia ON

Detective Constable R.G. (Ryan) Hutchison

Orillia ON

RIO D. (Dave) Jackson

Canadian Border Services Agency

Special Agent M. (Mark) Jackson

American Task Force

Detective Sergeant T.W.J. (Todd) Landon

Orillia ON

Detective Constable T. (Thang) Ly

York Regional Police Service
Aurora ON

Constable J. (John) MacDougall

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Constable P. (Paul) Maziak

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Constable D. (Daniel) McKee

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Constable J. (Jack) McMahon

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Special Agent K. (Kristopher) Mead

Homeland Security

Sergeant M. (Marc) Murphy

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Constable D. (Derek) Nurmi

Windsor Police Service
Windsor ON

Detective Constable M.C. (Mark) Piche

Orillia ON

Detective Staff Sergeant G.J. (Greg) Rossi

Orillia ON

Detective Constable I.T. (Ian) Rathbone

Orillia ON

Special Agent M. (Matthew) Rummel

American Task Force

Detective Inspector J.M.G. (Jim) Smyth

Orillia ON

Detective Sergeant M.C. (Mark) Wollocombe

Orillia ON

Detective Sergeant S.M. (Shawn) Zivanov

Orillia ON

Media Contact: Sgt. Peter Leon

OPP Corporate Communications

Phone: (705)

 

 

London man facing 2nd degree murder charge

A London, ON resident has been charged with 2nd degree murder after a man was struck by a vehicle in a Hwy 12 parking lot.

On Saturday at 1:50pm, the Midland Police Service (MPS) responded to a report of a male being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot at 16845 Highway 12, Midland (the Walmart Plaza).

29 yr old Corby Stott of Wyevale was treated at the scene and transported to Georgian Bay Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

2nd Degree murder charge laid

A 25 year old man was arrested at the scene. Jason Heffernan of London, ON is charged with 2nd Degree Murder and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016.

A post mortem is scheduled for today at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto.

The investigation continues by members of Midland PS, OPP Central Region Regional Support Team, and OPP HSD Technical Traffic Collision Investigators under the direction of Detective Inspector Martin GRAHAM and Detective Staff Sergeant Matt WATSON of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have taken photographs or video to come forward.

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact Midland Police at 705-526-2201

Accused in Maasland murder case was in financial straits, court hears

Todd Howley needed money, and, according to evidence presented at his murder trial this week, was in desperate financial straits in the months leading up to Paul Maasland’s death.

Howley has plead Not Guilty to the murder of Maasland, a Toronto investor who was funding his budding Algae fuel technology back in 2009-2010.

Emails exchanged between the pair from Sept. 2009 to late June 2010 which illustrate the nature of their business arrangement were read in as evidence Thursday.

Maasland’s badly beaten body was discovered August 30th 2010 at a public boat launch off Morrow Drive in Bracebridge. By that time he had funded Howley’s enterprise to the tune of $70,000, but was himself facing financial strain due to the investment.

Maasland’s money was required to keep Howley’s tech in development and the emails speak to the self described situation Howley found himself in, as unplanned equipment purchases and payments added up.

On April 5th 2010, for instance, Howley suggested in an email to Maasland that a funding instalment would be welcome as soon as was possible.

“Sooner the better,” he wrote. “I have to make multiple payments asap.”

A subsequent email exchange with Maasland found Howley stating he really needed to get his bills paid and also referred to bill collectors showing up at his home.

By mid-June 2010, according to the emails, Howley’s project was proving to be a real money drain for the investor.

There had been warnings of this as early as late April, when Maasland had told Howley via email that “this is as far as I can go” in reference to an $18,000 funding instalment.

An email sent to Howley on June 15th 2010 seemed to show Maasland really feeling the pinch.

“Hi Todd,” wrote Maasland, “doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make the advance.”

By that time court has heard Paul and his wife Lee Stanton were having to cut back on their own personal expenditures due to the financial situation with the project and that Stanton wasn’t too pleased about it.

It was also around this point that Maasland suggested other revenue generating avenues to Howley, but according to the emails, these were nixed by the entrepreneur.

In one email, Howley wrote that if “an Ohio deal” couldn’t go through, (a deal he was in favour of but which Maasland had suggested there’d be difficulties with) then he personally would have to finish his own home and sell it to creditors.

Concluding his testimony about the emails, Huntsville OPP Detective Constable Luc Dumont of the Muskoka Crime Unit said police had made efforts to find an individual who Howley had suggested, in the emails, was interested in buying some of his product.

According to Dumont, a mutual legal assistance treaty request for more information about this individual’s gmail account was made with Google after attempts to contact him via the email address proved fruitless.

Court ended there Thursday, but Dumont continues testifying next week.

Jurors have also been told they’ll see more video evidence next week – one segment is referred to as ‘the Toyota video’ which is security camera footage shot at a Toyota dealership near Howley’s Wyecroft Road rented warehouse space in Oakville.

The Crown contends Maasland was killed at the warehouse by Howley on August 29th 2010 – outside security camera footage of the rear loading dock area at the warehouse shows the comings and goings of a vehicle, while still images taken from the video show a person walking towards and entering the warehouse.

OPP Special Constable Gerald Lanna, with the Forensic Video Analysis Unit, testified that police brought back ‘a seized vehicle’ to the warehouse to shoot footage which could then be compared with the vehicle captured by the loading dock camera.

Defence lawyer Breese Davies questioned this aspect of his testimony.

“You don’t know if police actually acquired it (‘the seized vehicle’) from Subaru as opposed to (it being) the Maasland vehicle (which was seized in the police investigation),” she asked.

Lanna confirmed he didn’t know.

Paul Maasland drove a blue 2009 Subaru Forester and the Crown contends it’s his vehicle depicted in the footage, which was captured on August 29th and 30th 2010, right around the time he is said to have disappeared.

(Photo is of the accused, Oakville businessman Todd Howley)