Homicide investigation continues in case of man reported missing from Harriston

GUELPH – Police continue to investigate the March 2019 death of a man reported missing from Harriston as a homicide.

Wellington OPP responded to a report of a missing person at a location on Jessie Street in Harriston on March 12 at around 6:30pm. Police identified the missing individual as Jason John Brown, 43, of Kitchener.

On March 13 the OPP was notified by Durham Regional Police that Brown’s body was located on Stevenson Road North in Oshawa.

A post-mortem was completed on March 15 and an OPP press release stated the death was being treated as a homicide.

At the Sept. 26 Wellington County council meeting, a report from Wellington County OPP detachment commander Scott Lawson indicated investigators from the OPP and Durham Regional Police Service are continuing to work together to solve the crime under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigations Branch.

The case is the only homicide listed in 2019 crime statistics provided by the OPP to the Wellington County Police Services Board.

Other crimes under investigation by the Wellington County detachment’s Major Crimes Unit include two death investigations involving the use of illicit drugs or opioids and a death by firearm investigation.

The crime unit also investigated numerous sexual assaults, a child abuse case and a fraud investigation. One of the sexual assault investigations resulted in a search warrant being completed for the collection of evidence.

The crime unit also worked with uniform personnel in relation to a high risk domestic violence investigation “which resulted in many criminal charges being laid,” the report states.