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OPP CONTINUE TO SEEK PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN THE MURDER OF FREDERICK “JOHN” HATCH

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release CENTRAL REGION HEADQUARTERS OPP CONTINUE TO SEEK PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN THE MURDER OF FREDERICK “JOHN” HATCH

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(WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON) – On December 17, 2015, at 6:42 a.m., the body of 65-year-old Frederick “John” HATCH was discovered east of the 10th Line off Wellington Road 124 near the Town of Erin, Ontario.

Mr. Hatch was last seen in the Ottawa area on December 16, 2015, at 1:05 p.m. at a Dollar Tree Store.  The manner in which he travelled between Ottawa and Erin is unknown however Mr. Hatch was known to hitchhike.  At the time of his death, he was wearing a denim vest with Mickey Mouse characters on the back, a black leather jacket, a blue/white bandana, glasses, black Harley Davidson boots and was carrying a red duffel bag.

On June 2, 2016, the Government of the Province of Ontario offered a total reward of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Frederick “John” Hatch.

As a means to assist this ongoing investigation, an unprecedented approach is being undertaken to encourage anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the OPP. Beginning on Monday August 29, 2016, a black and white OPP van with pictures of Mr. Hatch and details pertaining to this investigation will be positioned in communities from Erin to Nepean. This van will serve as a moving billboard and will be moved weekly eventually making its way along Highway 7 communities in Central Ontario (please see attached photograph of the van).

Under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffay of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), investigators from the Wellington County OPP, neighboring OPP detachments, West Region Criminal Operations and the OPP Forensic Identification Services continue the investigation into the murder of Mr. Hatch. Investigators urge any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for his murder to immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the nearest police authority.

Further information about this case is available on the OPP website at: www.opp.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

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Contact:  Sergeant David Rektor

Community Services/Media Relations Coordinator OPP West Region

Phone: (519) 652-4156