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CRIME BRIEF: June 23, 2022

Jun 23, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-24413
Location:          Market Street South
On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a concerned citizen contacted the Brantford Police Service to advise of a possible impaired driver located in a Market Street South parking lot.
Officers attended, located the vehicle, and female suspect.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.
The accused was arrested for impaired operation and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law.
Both samples provided were over three times the legal limit.
Information was received to indicate that the accused was a prohibited driver, and the licence plate was not authorized for the vehicle in question.
As a result, a 24-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation while impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Drive while under suspension x 2 contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Use plate not authorized for vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver’s licence of the accused suspended.
 

Type:                  Weapons
Incident:           22-24380
Location:          Market Street South
On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received to report a man with a firearm in a store located at Market Street South and Icomm Drive.
Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect who was arrested without incident.
Search incident to arrest located an airsoft pellet gun concealed on his person.
Information received indicated that the accused was in violation of a valid probation order.
As a result of this investigation, a 25-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations and was held for bail: 
  • Weapons Dangerous 
  • Carry a Concealed Weapon (Airsoft Gun) 
  • Breach Probation 
 

Type:                  Robbery
Incident:           22-23924
Location:          Market Street
On Saturday, June 18, 2022, at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a robbery that had occurred at a location near Market Street and Dalhousie Street. 
Information was received that a 24-year-old male victim was allegedly assaulted by two men and robbed of his wallet and backpack while walking near Market Street and Dalhousie Street.
 
The victim sustained minor physical injuries.
Investigation revealed that the victim’s bank card was utilized by one of the suspects at a nearby retail store.
The suspect was located and arrested later the same day. Search incident to arrest located the victim’s belongings in possession of the accused.
As a result of the incident, a 22-year-old male from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Robbery with violence
  • Possession of stolen goods under $5,000
  • Fraud – under $5,000 
The accused was held for bail. 

Type:                 Weapons
Incident:           22-23590
Location:          Nelson Street
On Thursday, June 16, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a dispute between three people at a Nelson Street residence. A firearm was reported to be involved.
It was reported that the accused was involved in a dispute with two residents and, when asked, he refused to leave. 
When the victims advised they were calling the police, the accused left. It was believed by the victims that the accused was in possession of a firearm.
Officers attended and located the accused nearby. The accused resisted arrest as officers placed him under investigative detention for the offence of weapons dangerous.
 
Search incident to arrest located three 12-guage shotguns, one which had previously been reported as stolen with a neighbouring service, ammunition, approximately 15.93 grams of suspected fentanyl, Canadian currency and drug packaging paraphernalia.
Further investigation revealed that the accused does not have a Possession and Acquisition Licence and is bound by two valid firearms prohibition orders. The accused was also found to be in violation of a valid undertaking.
As a result, the accused, Donte YATES, a 19-year-old male from Kitchener stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, ammunition
  • Carrying concealed weapon
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Possession of weapon obtained by crime
  • Firearm or weapon: Possession contrary to prohibition order x 2
  • Failure to comply with undertaking 
  • Resist arrest
The accused also stands charged with Trafficking in Substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 
The accused was held for bail. 

Brantford police investigating armed robbery

Jun 21, 2022

Brantford police are investigating an armed robbery of a retail business and are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects. A firearm was used by suspects during the robbery.
On Monday, June 20, 2022, at approximately 5:20 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call reporting an armed robbery at a retail location within the Lynden Park Mall located at Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Lynden Road.
Officers attended and investigation revealed three male suspects entered the business, brandished a firearm, and demanded merchandise from the store employees. The men were wearing gloves and their faces were concealed.
The suspects obtained a quantity of cell phones and fled the scene in a silver Dodge Ram pick-up truck, heading westbound on Highway 403. 
No physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS:
Suspect #1
  • male, black, late teens or early 20's, approx. 5'8”, thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jogging pants, black ball cap, and black cloth covering face.
Suspect #2 
  • male, black, late teens or early 20's, approx. 5'8, thin build, wearing blue jeans, white shoes, black beanie, black hooded sweatshirt, and black cloth covering face.
Suspect #3 
  • male, black, late teens or early 20's, approx. 5'8”, thin build, wearing black pants, black hooded sweatshirt, and black cloth covering face
 

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VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: The suspects fled the scene in a silver Dodge Ram pick-up truck.
 

Image: suspect vehicle

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects. If you have any information related to these investigations, please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 or, to provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/   
 
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LOCATED - MISSING PERSON: 59-year-old, Terrance LICSKAI

Jun 20, 2022

22-22713
 
UPDATE - LOCATED
 
Please be advised that missing person, 59-year-old Terrance LICSKAI has been safely located.
The Brantford Police Service would like to thank members of the public and media for their assistance.

ORIGINAL RELEASE: June 20, 2022

The Brantford Police Service are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 59-year-old male, Terrance (Terry) LICSKAI. 
Terrance has not been seen or heard from by family in several years. It is believed he may be homeless, living in the downtown core of Brantford. 
Terrance LICSKAI is described as male, Caucasian, 5’8” tall, thin build, with light brown hair.
Two photos provided, although dated, may assist the efforts to locate Terrance.
Brantford police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have information, which may help to confirm Terrance’s location and well-being.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit at 519-756-7050. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
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BPS investigating homicide after assault victim succumbs to injuries

Jun 20, 2022

Incident # 22-20178 – UPDATE
June 20, 2022
Detectives with the Branford Police Service are now investigating a homicide after the victim of a serious assault succumbed to his injuries early this morning.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m. members of the Brantford Police Patrol section responded to reports of an assault in an area along the Grand River near the Brant’s Crossing Riverfront Skateboard Park on Icomm Drive. 
Upon police arrival, a 49-year-old male victim was located with head injuries. He was transported to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  
The investigation revealed the victim was involved in an alleged property dispute with another group of individuals, during which time he was assaulted.  
The suspects fled the area prior to police arrival and a K-9 track was completed.  
Due to the severity of the injuries, members of the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Section were assigned to investigate.  
From the onset of the investigation, police have worked with the family of the victim to provide support and updates related to the progress of the investigation.
In the early hours of Monday, June 20, 2022, despite having received life-saving efforts, the victim, Brantford resident Peter POTTRUFF died as a result of the injuries sustained during the assault.  
Police have now upgraded this to a homicide investigation.
Detectives are aware a number of citizens were in the area at the time of the incident and are hoping to speak with these individuals. Based on the information provided to date, police do not believe this was a random attack, and feel that those who were present at the time of the assault may have valuable information that will assist in identifying the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 ext. 2266. 
Additionally, information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

June 9, 2022
 
ORIGINAL RELEASE
 
Investigators with the Brantford Police Service continue to investigate an assault and are seeking information from the public to help identify the suspect. 
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a reported assault in the area of the Brantford Civic Centre and the Brant’s Crossing Riverfront Skateboard Park on Icomm Drive.
Investigation revealed that an unknown male suspect had struck a 49-year-old male victim in the head with a baseball bat. The victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment. 
The incident took place in a wooded area located behind the Brantford Civic Centre between the asphalt-walking path and the Grand River. 
Information received indicated that several persons involved in the incident and numerous possible witnesses allegedly left the area prior to police arrival.
   
Officers would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information they have not previously provided to police.  Please contact the Branford Police Service Criminal Investigations Unit with any information you may have.
Anyone who has any information related to this incident is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. 
Additionally, information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
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CRIME BRIEF: June 13, 2022

Jun 13, 2022

Type:               Assault
Incident:       22-23075
Location:       Colborne Street
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, at approximately 2:45 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of an assault that had occurred in a Colborne Street parking lot. 
The victim, a 29-year-old female, was reported to have been physically assaulted by a 35-year-old female.
The victim sustained minor physical injuries.
As a result of the incident, a 35-year-old female from Mitchell, stands charged with Assault contrary to the Criminal Code. 

Type:              Road Rage
Incident:       22-23021
Location:       Colborne Street West / Oak Street
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a report of a road rage incident that had escalated, resulting in a collision between a cyclist and motor vehicle.
A verbal dispute was reported to have occurred between a male cyclist and a man driving a motor vehicle on Colborne Street West near Oak Street.
A collision between the vehicle and bicycle occurred. The driver of the vehicle left the scene. 
The victim, a 56-year-old man, was transported to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. 
The accused, a 21-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with Fail to remain contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. 

Type:               Vehicle Collision / Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:        22-22871
Location:       Eagle Avenue and Ontario Street
On Saturday, June 11, 2022, at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Eagle Avenue and Ontario Street after receiving a report of a hit and run.
A vehicle was observed by witnesses to have fled the scene after colliding with another vehicle. 
Officers located the suspect vehicle driven by the accused nearby and a traffic stop was initiated.
The accused failed to stop for police and continued to drive into a busy retail parking lot located at Market Street South. In an effort to prevent injury to pedestrians who were in the area, officers blocked the suspect vehicle in.
At this time, the accused was arrested for Failure to Stop After Accident and Flight from Police, contrary to the Criminal Code.
In speaking with the accused, officers observed signs of intoxication.
The accused was then arrested for Operation while Impaired and was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over three times the legal limit.
As a result, a 40-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Operation while Impaired 
Blood Alcohol Concentration Over 80 
Failure to Stop after Accident 
Flight from Police
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver’s licence of the accused suspended.
 

Type:               Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:        22-22254
Location:       Erie Avenue
On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a driving complaint, where a motorist was creating a disturbance, stalling traffic at the intersection of Erie Avenue and Cayuga Street.
Officers attended and located the accused who was now parked in a parking lot on Erie Avenue.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of intoxication. A roadside screening demand was issued, which registered a fail.
The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over the legal limit. 
As a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old man from Scotland, stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs 
80 Plus 
Additionally, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver’s licence of the accused suspended.

BPS TIGER Unit arrest 33-year-old man, seize weapons and over $20,000 in illegal drugs

Jun 13, 2022

22-22582
On Thursday June 9, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response Unit (T.I.G.E.R.) completed a firearms investigation. 
As a result of the investigation, a search warrant had been obtained and executed at an address on Lynwood Drive. The warrant was executed with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team. 
As a result of the search, officers seized the following:
  • .45 calibre handgun with magazine
  • Handgun ammunition
  • Remington 783 Rifle
  • Spotting scope 
  • Conducted Energy Weapon
  • Canadian currency
  • Digital scale
  • 6 edged weapons
  • Approximately 40.75 grams of suspected Fentanyl with an estimated street value of $16,300
  • Approximately 46.52 grams of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $ 4,652
 

Image: Image of evidence

 
As a result of the investigation, Andrew Grant MCLEOD, 33, of Winnipeg, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized Possession of Weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Careless storage of a firearm x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose x 3, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of firearm x 2, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possess loaded firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possess prohibited/restricted weapon no licence, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Failure to comply with judicial release order, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Tampering with serial number of firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of stolen goods under $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code
 
The accused was held for bail.
Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.
 
Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at:  https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

Arrest made in Brayden Ferrall Homicide Investigation

Jun 13, 2022

Inc # 22-6841 - UPDATE
The Brantford Police Service continue to investigate the homicide of Brayden Ferrall and have arrested a female in relation to the investigation.
 
On Thursday, June 9, 2022, detectives with the Brantford Police Service charged 26-year-old Kathleen Bacon of Brantford, with accessory after the fact to murder in relation to the homicide of Brayden Ferrall.
The Brantford Police Service, Major Crime Unit continue to investigate this matter as a homicide. At this time, police are unable to release further details surrounding the nature of the homicide and the investigative process as this is an active and on-going homicide investigation. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. 
The Brantford Police Service continues to ensure that Brayden’s family receives the support they require during this difficult time. We would like to thank the public for their demonstrations of support during this investigation. 
Investigators are encouraging members of the public to come forward with any information that they may have in relation to this investigation. Please contact police by using the dedicated tip-line: 519-756-7050 ext. 2800 or FerrallMissingPerson@police.brantford.on.ca
Anonymous information can also be provided to the Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at https://crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/

May 11, 2022
Detectives with the Brantford Police Service are now investigating the disappearance of Brayden Ferrall as a homicide after receiving confirmation from the Office of the Coroner that a body located in the County of Brant on May 3, 2022, is that of missing person, Brayden Ferrall.   
On May 3, 2022, the Brantford Police Service became aware of a discovery of a deceased person in the area of Campbell Road and Old Onondaga Road East in the County of Brant. 
At the time of the discovery, police were unable to positively identify the deceased or determine the cause of death prior to the completion of a post- mortem examination. Detectives with the Brantford Police Service assisted the Ontario Provincial Police with the death investigation.  
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the Office of the Coroner identified the body to be that of Brayden Ferrall. The results of the post-mortem indicated that Ferrall was the victim of a homicide.
The Brantford Police Service is working closely with Brayden’s family to provide them with support during this difficult time. 
"During the missing person investigation, we have seen an outpouring of concern from many of Brayden’s friends and would like to remind those who may need assistance to contact Victim Services of Brant, as they can provide immediate support,” said Detective Constable Torek of the Brantford Police Service.
Ferrall had previously been reported as missing to the Brantford police in February 2022, after he failed to return home as expected.  Ferrall was last seen by friends on February 18, 2022.
The missing person case was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section, and on March 28, 2022, police announced that they suspected foul play in Ferrall’s disappearance.
The Brantford Police Service - Major Crime Unit are continuing to investigate this homicide. As this is an active and on-going investigation, police are not able to release details surrounding the nature of the homicide. This is not believed to be a random incident.
Detectives are again appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information they may have relating to this investigation.  Please contact police by using the dedicated tip-line: 519-756-7050 ext. 2800 or FerrallMissingPerson@police.brantford.on.ca
Anonymous information can also be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.  Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at https://crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  
Victim Services of Brant can be contacted by visiting their website at: https://victimservicesbrant.on.ca/
 

 

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Inc # 22-6841
March 28, 2022
 
Investigators suspect foul play in the continued search for missing person Brayden FERRALL
Detectives with the Brantford Police Service continue to actively investigate the disappearance of 22-year-old Brayden FERRALL.
 
On February 22, 2022, Brayden was reported as missing to the Brantford Police Service after not being seen or heard from for several days. This behaviour was reported by friends and family to be out of character for Brayden.
 
Described as a 22-year-old Caucasian male, 5’10”, 175lbs, medium build with short brown hair and a trimmed beard, Brayden was last seen wearing a black winter jacket with fur around the hood.
 
Since the date FERRALL was last seen, police have requested the assistance of the public through various media outlets on several occasions.  Additionally, a dedicated tip-line was established for members of the community to reach out to police with any information.
 
Police have received multiple phone calls and Crime Stoppers tips and wish to thank those members of the public who have come forward and spoken to officers.  Detectives continue to encourage anyone who may have information to share it with investigators.
 
A police liaison has been in regular contact with Brayden’s family, sharing updates on the investigation and will continue to offer any available support during this time. 
 
Since the time he was last seen, police have interviewed known associates and friends.  Additionally, multiple canvasses have been conducted in an effort to obtain any information or video that may be available to assist in locating Brayden.
 
It has been just over six weeks now since Brayden has been missing and police continue to have a dedicated detective team assigned to the investigation.  Due to the circumstances surrounding Brayden’s disappearance and the information learned to date, police are suspecting that foul play is involved. Detectives from the Brantford Police Services Major Crimes Unit are leading this investigation.
 
The lead investigator, Detective Constable Torek believes there is someone out there who has information that is vital to the investigation. "If you know something, regardless of how minor you think it is to the investigation, we need you to come forward and report it to police,”stated Det./Cst. Torek.
 
The Brantford Police Service is encouraging anyone who has any information to contact police by using the dedicated tip-line: 519-756-7050 ext. 2800 or FerrallMissingPerson@police.brantford.on.ca
 
Anonymous information can also be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.  Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at https://crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  
 
The Brantford Police Service is appreciative of the information that has been received from the public and remain dedicated to the search for Brayden.
 
As this investigation is active and ongoing, additional updates will be provided as available.

 


 
March 10, 2022 
The Brantford Police Service are conducting continued efforts to locate missing person, Brayden Ferrall.  
Brayden Ferrall has been missing for approximately three weeks and there are concerns for his safety.  Family and friends have advised that this type of behaviour is out of character for Brayden.
Brayden is described as a 22-year-old Caucasian male, 5’10”, 175lbs, medium build with short brown hair and a trimmed beard.  Brayden was last seen wearing a black winter jacket with fur around the hood.
Brayden Ferrall is known to frequent the Eagle Place area in Brantford.
The Brantford Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance and is asking for anyone with knowledge of Brayden Ferrall’s whereabouts to contact Det/Cst. Torek of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 ext. 2272.  
Additionally, dedicated tip line has been set up to receive information: 519-756-7050 ext. 2800 or FerrallMissingPerson@police.brantford.on.ca
Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.  Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at https://crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
 
ORIGINAL RELEASE:
February 23, 2022
The Brantford Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 22-year-old male, Brayden FERRALL.
Brayden was last seen on February 18, 2022, and is described as male, Caucasian, 5’10”, 175 lbs., medium build with short brown hair.
Brayden is known to frequent the Eagle Place area and does not own a vehicle. Family and friends have advised that this type of behaviour is out of character for Brayden. Police would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard from Brayden since he was last in contact with those close to him.
Anyone with knowledge of Brayden’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Justin Torek of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050 ext. 2272. Anonymous information can be provided to Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
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BPS TIGER Unit arrest 39-year-old man, seize illegal drugs

Jun 9, 2022

22-16831   On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response (T.I.G.E.R) Unit completed a drug investigation.   As a result of the investigation, a Controlled Drug and Substances Act search warrant had been obtained and executed at a location on Cayuga Street and a location on Gladstone Avenue within the City of Brantford. The warrants were executed with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team.   As a result of the search, officers seized the following:
  • 15.73 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl with an estimated street value of $6,292
  • Brass knuckles
  • Canadian currency
  As a result of the investigation, Dara MCALONEY, 39, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited Weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code
 
The accused was held for bail.   Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.   Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at:  https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/  

Suspect Identified in 1983 Disappearance of Mary Hammond

Jun 8, 2022

 

Image: Mary Hammond Photo

Thirty-nine years after the disappearance of Mary Hammond, detectives with the Brantford Police Service have identified a man believed to be responsible.
 
On September 8, 1983, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Mary Emma Hammond (nee Bisenthal) left her townhouse on Elgin St., to walk to work. Mary was scheduled to work the early morning shift at the former Buns Master Bakery, at 110 Morton Avenue, where she had worked for approximately one year.
 
Walking north on Park Road North (now Wayne Gretzky Parkway) she passed the Massey-Ferguson factory and cut across the field towards the rear of the bakery.
 
At approximately 4:00 a.m., a co-worker called Mary's husband asking why she had not arrived at work. Mary’s footprints were followed to the property line at the rear of the bakery and to a point where Mary cut across a field. They then disappeared.
 
Police were notified. Evidence at the scene included some items from her lunch: a cup, a dish, and a half-eaten apple. One of Mary's white sockettes and a small quantity of blood were located in an area of the field.
At the time of her disappearance, Mary Hammond was 25 years old, 5'10", 140 lbs., with long straight reddish-brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion. Mary was last seen wearing a blue, mauve, and red lumber jacket, blue jeans, a yellow t-shirt, and white Adidas running shoes with a silver stripe.
 
Through continued investigation, police were able to identify evidence in Mary Hammond’s disappearance. This evidence has helped investigators over the years to identify people who may have been involved in Mary’s disappearance.
 
On September 11, 1983, during the initial stages of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at a Memorial Drive residence. Evidence seized at this time was examined and remained in police custody. 
 
Through this historical evidence seized and with advancements in mitochondrial DNA analysis, investigators were able to forensically link Mary Hammond to a man believed to be responsible for her abduction and murder. 
 
Mitochondrial DNA analysis is an investigative tool that is relatively new to policing. Thru additional investigation, research, and interviews, utilizing this tool can lead to the identification of persons of interest in historical cases such as this. 
As a result of the ongoing investigation, detectives with the Brantford Police Service have identified Stephen MUDKO as the individual believed to be responsible for the abduction and murder of Mary Hammond. 
 
At the time of Mary’s disappearance, MUDKO was 36-years-of-age and resided in a home on Memorial Drive in Brantford.
 
Stephen MUDKO died on June 16, 2010. However, if he were alive today and able to stand trial, he would face the following charges:
  • Abduction
  • Murder – 1st Degree
The Brantford Police Service are releasing a historical photograph of Stephen MUDKO in the hopes that it may provide additional information which could help further this investigation.
 

Image: Photo of Stephen Mudko

 
The whereabouts of Mary Hammond are still unknown. Although a suspect has been identified, detectives believe that additional individuals may still have information or knowledge related to the disappearance of Mary Hammond. This investigation is ongoing. 
 
As a result of the advancements in technology and forensic sciences, the continued dedication of our officers, and information from our community, the Brantford Police Service is one step closer to being able to determine what happened to Mary Hammond and bring closure to her family. 
 
Anyone with information regarding Mary Hammond’s disappearance is asked to contact the Mary HAMMOND tip line to leave a voicemail for investigators at 519-756-0113 ext. 2592, or email HammondDisappearance@police.brantford.on.ca
 
Anonymous information can be provided by contacting Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:
Robin Matthews-Osmond
Corporate Communications Manager
Brantford Police Service
Rmatthews-osmond@police.brantford.on.ca 
519-756-0113 ext. 3004
Twitter: @BrantfordPolice 
 
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