New video shows missing Ottawa woman; foul play suspected in disappearance of Susan Kuplu

Ottawa Police released Jan. 10 footage of missing woman Susan Kuplu, above.

Update: The case of missing Susan Kuplu is now a homicide investigation. One person in custody and was to appear in court Saturday morning.
Ottawa Police say they will not make further comments on this file, at this time.

OTTAWA — The city’s police force now suspects foul play in the case of missing woman Susan Kuplu — seen in a new Jan. 10 surveillance video released by the authorities today.

The clip shows the 37-year-old in the area of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue at 10:45 a.m. that morning. 

The Major Crime Unit took over the investigation on Tuesday of this week “based on developments in the direction of the investigation and the potential that foul play may be involved.”

Ottawa Police have been trying to locate Kuplu since Jan. 17.  She was last seen Jan. 11 — one day after she was captured on video in the new surveillance footage.

Investigators have also learned that at approximately 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 10, Kuplu headed north towards Laurier where she is believed “to have possibly boarded a westbound OC Transpo bus from the Mackenzie King Bridge or surrounding area.”

“Furthermore, she may have disembarked from the bus in the area of Carling Avenue and Pinecrest Road,” according to Ottawa Police.

Kuplu wore a black mid thigh length parka with a black fur collar. She had dark pants, dark ankle boots and a patterned short sleeve blouse and was carrying a mid-sized dark coloured purse or bag.

She’s Inuit, 4’11” tall, 115 lbs, with stocky build, long black hair and brown eyes.

Above, Ottawa Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Susan Kuplu, missing since Jan. 11. Courtesy photo

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493, the tip line at ext. 5477 or e-mail at

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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