Police continue criminal investigation into fire, death of Eden Mills residents

Police have released very few details about a criminal investigation into the deaths of Susanne and Trevor McNally last Friday.

Autopsies were performed on Sunday, but the OPP will not comment on whether the deaths were connected to a fire at the couple’s Eden Mills home.

“Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, the OPP is not in a position to speak to any specific details,” media relations officer Cheri Rockefeller told the Advertiser in an email statement.  

She added, “there remains no known threat to public safety with respect to this matter.”

At 8:50am on Nov. 20 Guelph-Eramosa and Puslinch firefighters, as well as the OPP and Guelph-Wellington EMS, were called to a house fire “with people trapped” inside on Lowrie Lane in Eden Mills.

No major damage is visible from the front exterior of the house, but Susanne and Trevor McNally, both residents of the home, were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Within two hours of the fire call,  a police detective on the scene told the Advertiser the site is considered “a crime scene.”

Yet media relations officer Bob Bortolato said he could not comment on the investigation because it was “very early” in the process.

The Wellington County OPP Crime Unit and OPP criminal investigations branch are investigating the incident, along with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.