By Haldimand Press Staff
HAGERSVILLE—Haldimand OPP is investigating the death of 30-year-old Tyler King of Missisauga’s of the Credit First Nation as a homicide after King was found dead in a Hagersville apartment damaged by fire.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 8:51 p.m., OPP Haldimand County Fire Services and Haldimand County Ambulance Services responded to Main Street North in Hagersville after a witness reported seeing smoke coming from an apartment unit. Firefighters extinguished the fire and located the body of a deceased person inside the apartment. Haldimand Fire Services confirmed there were no other occupants in the apartment.
The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall was called in immediately to investigate the fire and they continue to assist with the investigation. Haldimand OPP announced August 1 that the situation was being considered a homicide under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch.
“There is no concern for public safety at this time,” said Media Relations Officer Rod LeClair. He said an autopsy was expected to be completed on July 31. When asked about the result of this autopsy, LeClair said he was “not able to release any details at this point”.
The identity of the deceased was withheld from being released until August 3 to allow for next of kin to be notified.
On the fire, LeClair added, “Damage was pretty much contained to the unit. Other units had minor damage from water during extinguishing.”
My Sweet Sweet World is a chocolate shop located beneath the apartment in question. The shop posted on Facebook after the fire that the shop would be closed for at least that day while the damage was assessed.
The following day they posted, “We will be closed until further notice, at this point. In keeping with the health code protocol (which I 100% agree with), a full repair of all the water damage, and then a health inspection of the premises is required before we will be allowed to open…. More importantly, keep the family involved in the fire in your wishes and prayers and keep an eye for opportunities to support them when they arise.”
OPP is asking anyone who may have any information to assist with the investigation to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 after press time OPP arrested and charged 36-year-old Joseph Tobicoe of Hagersville with:
- First Degree Murder
The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
This hearing has been adjourned until August 17 at 9 a.m.