APPEAL FOR NEW INFO IN 4 MISSING SENIORS CASES FROM LATE '90S

Jul 25, 2019

By Bob Komsic

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OPP are calling for new witnesses to come forward in four missing persons investigations dating back to the late 90s that are now being treated as homicides.
Foul play is suspected in each case, all involving seniors; 89-year-old John Semple, 77-year-old Joan Lawrence, 70-year-old John Crofts and 69-year-old Ralph Grant, who disappeared in the Muskoka area.
 
Police have never named suspects in the investigations.
Detective-Inspector Rob Matthews says four siblings, who operated a number of seniors’ residences in the area, have never provided a statement.
“These properties were owned and operated by four siblings named Kathrine, Paul, Walter and David Laan.  These individuals have never co-operated with police,” said Matthews, who adds they ”certainly are of interest to police”, who are worried they still may be working with seniors.  
“I want to be very clear,” stressed the detective-inspector. 
”The OPP is treating this as a homicide investigation.  We know the four missing people are not alive”.
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