Homicide investigation led to Winchester search warrant

An SD&G OPP cruiser parked in Winchester. Nation Valley News file photo
Raymond Arnold Collison's remains were discovered on Steen Rd., April 17, 2014. Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook photo

Raymond Arnold Collison’s remains were discovered on Steen Rd., April 17, 2014.
Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook photo

WINCHESTER — An ongoing local homicide investigation generated a tip about alleged stolen property, which in turn prompted the SD&G OPP to execute a Nov. 11 criminal code search warrant at a Caleb Street dwelling, says the OPP East Region’s communications officer.

No one has been charged in the death of Raymond Arnold Collison, a 58-year-old Chesterville-area man who disappeared in 2009 and whose remains turned up in a ditch outside Morewood almost five years later.

Investigators working the Collison case were recently “notified of stolen property … while following up leads and tips,” explained Acting Sgt. Angie Atkinson, who acknowledged that information triggered the search of the Winchester address. “The homicide investigation is still ongoing,” said Atkinson Nov. 15, adding the OPP continue to seek information from the public to assist the investigation into Collison’s demise. Atkinson explained her office is fielding media requests about the Winchester search warrant — not the local SD&G OPP detachment — “because this is all part and parcel of the homicide investigation.”

Officers with the SD&G OPP Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed the Remembrance Day warrant on the Winchester residence. As a result of that action, according to a Nov. 14 press release issued by the local detachment, James ‘Jimmy’ Henry Wise, 73, was charged with: one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime; one count of Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime; one count of Assault; one count of Obstruct Peace Officer; one count of Break and Enter; and five counts of Mischief. The accused was released from custody on a Promise To Appear Dec. 15 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.

The SD&G OPP says its Crime Unit continues to investigate, led by Detective Inspector Jim Gorry of the Criminal investigation Branch (CIB).

When asked if residents should be concerned, Atkinson said she was “not aware of any public safety issues stemming from” the circumstances.



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