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Murder- Michael James Lovejoy

 
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The Brantford Police Service is seeking your assistance in solving the following murder.

On Saturday, April 9, 1994 approximately 2:15 p.m. Michael James LOVEJOY, age 35 years, was found dead in the sleeper portion of his transport tractor. He had been shot several times.

LOVEJOY had been employed for 5 weeks by RTS Transport Inc. and worked out of Flint, Michigan, where he lived with his wife and one child. His white 1991 GMC tractor was pulling a white trailer, both with red and blue RTS lettering. Investigation reveals LOVEJOY left the American Axle & Manufacturing plant, Buffalo, New York, on Friday, April 8, 1994, shortly before 11:00 a.m. He entered Canada via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge at approximately 12:20 p.m. His cargo of automotive axles was destined for the GMC truck and bus plant , Pontiac, Michigan, with a scheduled arrival time of 10:00 p.m.

Witnesses have identified LOVEJOY'S vehicle pulling onto the westbound shoulder of Highway #403, Brantford, approximately one mile east of the Park Road North (now Wayne Gretzky Parkway) off ramp between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m., Friday, April 8, 1994. LOVEJOY'S shoes and socks were on the floor of the driver's seat. His wrist watch alarm was set to sound at 5:30 p.m.

In excess of 300 tips have been received from the public. Several citizens report seeing a transport tractor-trailer unit similar in colour and markings to RTS tractor-trailers parked behind the LOVEJOY unit on the afternoon of Friday, April 8, 1994. A male was reportedly seen walking from the LOVEJOY vehicle to the rear tractor-trailer unit. This male has not been identified.

The Brantford Police Service is urging any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the murder to immediately contact their nearest police agency,Brantford Police Service or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.