SOUTH DUNDAS — The SD&G OPP responded to a sudden death in the vicinity of the Two Creeks Conservation Area on Saturday.
Foul play is not suspected, OPP East Region Acting Sergeant Tina Hunt confirmed for Nation Valley News in a short reply to an emailed inquiry that evening, Aug. 11. Hunt provided no further details.
“We will not be releasing the name of the deceased,” she added in response to the follow-up question: “Did the OPP lose a member yesterday?”
Between nine and 12 police cruisers were spotted along County Rd. 2 that afternoon, immediately west of the Conservation Area near Iroquois.
The large police presence was noticed as early as 1 p.m. and continued until 8 p.m., according to a reader. Residents reported seeing OPP officers on ATVs and using an overhead drone.
The parking lot leading into the South Nation Conservation-administered recreation area was closed for the duration but reopened to the public afterward.
In a tweet expressing condolences to the family on Monday, OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes acknowledged the unexpected Aug. 11 passing of Detective/Inspector Paul Horne, a 24-year veteran of the provincial force.
D/Insp Paul Horne passed away unexpectedly on Sat. Aug, 11, after proudly serving 24 years with OPP. Thoughts are with his wife, #OPP Sgt Christine Horne, family and friends dealing with the tragic loss. Continuing to work together to end the stigma in #mentalhealth #HeroesInLife pic.twitter.com/MqWZIhDXmD
— JVN (Vince) Hawkes (@OPPCommHawkes) August 13, 2018
This article was edited to include new information from Acting Sergeant Tina Hunt and the OPP Commissioner, and to account for the passage of time.