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Unsolved cases in Barrie area hit social media

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Jaimee Lee Miller

Jaimee Lee Miller

Although the body found in the woods has been identified, the circumstances surrounding Jaimee Lee Miller’s death are still a mystery.

Both provincial and municipal police are searching for clues and tips to resolve how the 30-year-old woman went missing from the Barrie area in November 2015, and was found in a Simcoe County forest east of Gill Road in March 2016.

A joint social-media campaign, with videos and photos on the Simcoe County Case Files Facebook page, shines a spotlight on not only Miller’s death, but Grant Ayerst, Norman Whalley and April Dobson’s deaths as well.

Barrie police Det. Staff Sgt. Norm Meech spoke in the video saying police follow up every lead thoroughly.

“As well, we are prepared to provide whatever resources that we feel are necessary to bring these promising areas (tips) into further investigation,” Meech said.

The joint OPP-Barrie police task force wants to keep the investigations top-of-mind and is reaching out to the public through social media and billboard-sized signs hoping to bring new tips to light.

“We’ve been able to reach tens of thousands of people through our campaign on and our Facebook page,” said OPP Det. Sgt. Brent Baverstock.

Provincially, rewards of $50,000 have been issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Miller, Dobson, Ayerst and Whalley’s killers.

Ayerst and Whalley went missing and were last seen at a Toronto-area hotel on Sept. 11, 1991, while 40-year-old Dobson was shot to death on Barrie’s Browning Trail, Oct. 14, 2005.

“April was doing something that night that every one of us has done before in the past,” said Barrie police Det. Const. Scott Aldridge. “She was sitting on the front porch of her friend’s house having a drink of wine with friends.

“So the randomness of the crime is something we have to solve and we’ve been working on this for quite some time and I’d really like to solve this.” 

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