Missing person case now becomes homicide matter

OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, toll-free at 1-888-310-1122, Ottawa Police Services Major Crimes Section at 613-236-1222, ex- tension 5493, or through the CrimeStop- pers toll-free line at 1-800-222-8477. Richmond was five-foot-nine, weight around 165 pounds, wore glasses and had dyed red hair. On the day when she was reported miss- ing she was wearing a red T-shirt with a "Mac&Cheese" logo on it. She has two tat- toos: a front and rear rat paw on her right shoulder, and the Sagittarius zodiac sign on her inside left wrist. When last seen she was driving a gold- or beige-coloured Chrysler Sebring with the personalized licence plate, RPGGIRL. Her car has three decals on the rear. One is a “Support the Soldiers” decal while another is an “I Love My Soldier” decal. A third is de- scribed as a “Cthulhu fish” decal which may relate to an interest in the fantasy/horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Richmond was last seen late Wednesday night, July 24, leaving her home on Sum- Baffling burning boat WENDOVER | Police are trying to find the owner of a boat that was burning on the South Nation River last month. Hawkesbury OPP detachment answered a report June 26 about a fishing boat seen burning on the South Nation River. The boat was found floating on the river

mers Road near Winchester around 11:30 p.m. She was going for “a quick drive”which her friends say is not unusual for her. The woman’s husband of eight years, Howard Richmond, a member of the Cana- dian Armed Forces, posted on the Facebook page his thanks to everyone who tried to help in the search for his wife. “All the people reposting information, the people searching, the HQ group, people dropping off food, people putting up post- ers, and especially the person who spotted her car,” stated Richmond, adding special thanks to the OPP special officers who “deal with the frustration and tension every day.” No further details on the matter are avail- able at present. At press time the family had not yet del- egated a representative to speak for them in the aftermath of their personal tragedy. On the Facebook page dedicated to the search for Melissa Richmond, there is a no- tice asking volunteers who went around putting up posters and flyers about her dis- appearance to now start taking themdown. with no one on board and the centre bench on fire. The Alfred-Plantagenet Township Fire Department sent a truck and crew out to deal with the fire. Police examined the boat. The cushion seat had burned but there did not seem to be any other damage. So far no one has claimed the boat and the actual cause of the fire is unknown. Police have in their impound yard a 14- foot aluminum boat, late 1970s or early 1980s model, with lots of caulking on the hull exterior. The owner or anyone who knows who might be the owner of the boat can phone Const. Luc Dénommée at the Hawkesbury OPP detachment at 613-632-2729 or toll- free to 1-888-310-1122.


OTTAWA | Police investigation of a miss- ing person case continues. But now it is classed as a homicide. Ottawa Police Services (OPS) issued a news release following a post-mortem ex- amination of a body found Sunday morning in a ravine near the South Keys Shopping Centre on Bank Street. Police confirm the body is that of Melissa Kelly Richmond, 28, who was reported missing since July 24. Richmond was a resident of the Win- chester area and had not been heard from since late in the evening of the day when she got in her car planning to go for a short drive. The family contacted the OPP and a Facebook page, Help Us Find Melissa Rich- mond, was set up to collect information, publicize her disappearance, and also help coordinate local search efforts within the region.

Her car was found Saturday evening in the shopping centre parking lot near a Kelsey’s Restaurant. Police returned to the site the following morning and after searching the area found her body in a nearby ravine. Both the OPS Major Crimes Unit and the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch are now doing a joint investigation into her death. No suspects are reported at present. Anyonewho has seen Richmond or has in- formation related to her is asked to call the

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