OTTAWA – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to seek witnesses and culprits as part of an ongoing murder investigation.
Frederick “John” HATCH was last seen alive on December 16, 2015 in the area of West Hunt Club Road and Merivale Road in Nepean between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. His body was discovered 450 kilometres away near the Town of Erin, Ontario, on December 17, 2015. The OPP has been searching for the person(s) responsible ever since.
At the time of his death, the 65-year-old HATCH was wearing a denim vest with Mickey Mouse characters on the back, a black leather jacket, a blue/white bandana, glasses and black Harley Davidson boots, and was carrying a red duffel bag. He was a Canada Pension Plan recipient and received Old Age benefits. In the weeks before his tragic death, Mr. HATCH had led a transient lifestyle, staying with acquaintances, when available, or he was provided with a place to stay by his acquaintances. There were also times where he would spend the night on the streets.
Over the past three years, the OPP has used social media, mainstream media, a mobile billboard and personal and text messaging canvasses to contact potential witnesses who may have had contact with John HATCH but may not have been aware of the murder.
A $50,000 reward remains in effect for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Frederick “John” HATCH. If you have any information, please contact the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).