News Release

SIU Investigating Death in Chapleau

Case Number: 22-PCD-018   

Mississauga, ON (21 January, 2022) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a person early this morning in the Township of Chapleau, in northeastern Ontario.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • In the evening of January 20, 2022, Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a residence in Chapleau for a call about a person in distress.
  • An officer attempted to make contact with the person and received no response.
  • In the early hours of January 21, 2022, Tactical Response Unit officers entered the residence and located the person deceased.
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES