Investigators seeking tips on four-year-old homicide

MINTO – Four years after the abduction and death of a Kitchener man, the OPP continues to investigate the incident as a homicide and is asking the public for assistance.

Jason John Brown, 43, of Kitchener, was last seen on Jessie Street in Harriston on March 12, 2019, at approximately 6:30pm. 

Brown was later reported missing, but the following day his body was located north of Whitby, near Stevenson Road and Durham Regional Road 5. Investigators deemed his death to be a homicide. 

Suspects were seen near the Harriston Cemetery at approximately 6:30pm in the area where Brown was last seen and police have identified three vehicles of interest:

  • a light-coloured Chevrolet Cruze;
  • a light-coloured Chrysler 300; and
  • a dark-coloured minivan. 

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have seen these or any similar vehicles in the area during that time. 

“The Wellington County OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, continue to work diligently to find those responsible for the death of Brown,” OPP officials state.

“Someone out there knows about the abduction and death of Jason Brown,” stated Wellington County OPP detachment commander Inspector Steve Thomas in a press release.

“OPP investigators continue to work tirelessly following up on leads and tips from the public, and I am calling on the members of our community to help us bring those responsible for Jason’s death to justice. 

“If you saw something that night or have any information you think our investigators should know, call us right away.” 

Anyone with information can contact the Wellington County OPP Crime Unit at 1-888-310-1122.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at

Crime Stoppers has increased the reward offered for information in this case from $2,000 to $5,000.