Police beat: OPP charge two people in 2019 death of Jason Brown

MINTO – Police have charged two people in connection with the death of Jason John Brown, who was last seen alive in Harriston over four years ago.

On Nov. 10, Wellington County OPP officials announced Joshua Alexander Drumond, 32, of Edmonton, and Steven Jon Walsom-Gerigs, 33, of Brantford, have both been arrested and charged with kidnapping and first degree murder.

Brown, 43, lived in Kitchener and was last seen on Jessie Street in Harriston on March 12, 2019. His body was located the following day, just north of Whitby.

Police say Wellington County officers, “under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, and with the assistance of the Biker Enforcement Unit,” continue to investigate Brown’s death.

Anyone with information about the incident, can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

Human trafficking charge

PALMERSTON – Police have charged a Scarborough man with 11 human trafficking and assault charges in relation to an incident here this summer.

Wellington County OPP officials say officers responded to “a disturbance” in Palmerston on July 10.

“At that time officers entered into an intimate partner violence investigation as well as a human trafficking investigation,” police stated in a Nov. 13 press release.

Police say a 52-year-old man from Scarborough was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with:

– trafficking in person(s);

– receiving material benefit for trafficking a person;

– receiving a financial or material benefit from commission of the purchasing offence;

– procuring a person to provide sexual services;

– procuring a person to provide sexual services by exercising control;

– advertising sexual services for consideration;

– sexual assault;

– forcible confinement;

– spousal assault; and

– two counts of assault causing bodily harm (choke, suffocate or strangle).

Police did not provide the name of the accused in order to protect the identity of the victim.

The accused is to appear in Guelph court on Nov. 15.