(PIKANGIKUM, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to seek resolution of two unsolved homicides that occurred in Pikangikum more than a decade ago.
At a recent news conference, OPP Commissioner Thomas CARRIQUE and Detective-Inspector Randy HEIDA – Major Case Manager from the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch – announced that the Province of Ontario is offering $50,000 rewards in each of these cases. The reward is for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for these deaths, and are being offered in an effort to help the police resolve these cases for the victims’ families and community.
James STRANG was 83 years old when he was murdered in his home in 2008. A widower since 1989, Mr. STRANG was a long-time resident of the Pikangikum First Nation and the father of seven children. Mr. STRANG was an active and respected elder of the community where he owned and operated a small store attached to his house. On October 10, 2008, Mr. STRANG was found deceased inside his residence. A post-mortem examination was conducted on October 14, 2008; the cause of his death was determined to be blunt force trauma. Mr. STRANG had been severely beaten and murdered.
Judy Ann QUILL was 33 years old when she was murdered in 2009. Ms. QUILL was a lifelong resident of Pikangikum and the mother of 2 children. She was last seen leaving a family member’s house in the early morning hours of March 22, 2009 and discovered a short while later in a wooded area having sustained serious injuries from a vicious assault. Ms. QUILL was transported to the local medical centre but died of her injuries. A post mortem examination was conducted on March 23, 2009; the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Ms. QUILL was severely beaten and murdered.
‘Community safety and well-being are everybody’s responsibility, the police and the community. We’re hopeful that by offering the reward of $50,000 to identify the killer or killers of Mr. Strang or Ms. Quill, that we will be able to bring resolution to their families.’ — OPP Commissioner Thomas CARRIQUE.
‘Hundreds of interviews have been completed, many with important information for the investigation, and these will also continue. No piece of information is insignificant. No piece of evidence will be overlooked. We are confident that there is someone from, or who was in, this area when these crimes occurred and has information about these cases that will help us.’ — Detective Inspector Randy HEIDA – OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
Police urge those with any information about these cases to contact them on the dedicated Tip-Line 1-833-728-3415, through their nearest Ontario Provincial Police communications centre at 1-888-310-1122, their local police service, or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at: http://www.p3tips.com/273 .