Man from The Nation Municipality wanted for murder; Canada-wide warrant issued

Police have supplied this image of Brian Quesnel.

THE NATION — A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for a man from The Nation Municipality wanted for a first degree murder in the City of Orillia.

The Ontario Provincial Police say that Brian Quesnel, 28, should not be approached and advise anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact a newly established tip-line at 1-844-677-5020.

Quesnel is sought in connection with the homicide of 34-year-old Joseph Simonds in Orillia earlier this month.

Two men have already been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of the victim, a resident of Orillia, early last Sunday morning, June 4.  Police say that Sonny Brokenshire, 20, of Orillia, and Martin Forget, 41, of St. Barbe, Que., appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie and were remanded into custody.

An investigation is underway involving the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Regional Support Team (RST) and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffay and Detective Staff Sergeant Paul Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 — or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display to ensure anonymity; being anonymous, Crime Stoppers tipsters don’t testify in court, and information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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