Human remains discovered determined to be body of Missing 59-year-old man

London, Ontario – Following a post-mortem examination conducted at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, the suspected human remains recovered on Sunday, July 19, 2020, have been identified as those of missing person, Grant Edward Norton, 59 years, of Oxford County.

A resident of Ingersoll, Mr. Norton was reported missing to the Waterloo Regional Police Service by a family member on July 12, 2020.
London Police Service members became involved in the investigation during the week of July 13, 2020, and confirmed that Mr. Norton had been last seen in this city. On Sunday, July 19, 2020 London Police Service Major Crime Section members following up on investigative leads, coordinated a search in the area of Ada Street near Jacqueline Street, which led to the discovery of human remains late that afternoon.

Given the condition in which the remains were found, it was not possible to confirm whether they were human without a forensic autopsy conducted over the course of two days, beginning on July 20. On July 22, 2020, the West Region Coroner confirmed the identity of the remains, and determined Mr. Norton’s death was a homicide.

Human Remains Found
Human Remains Found

It is believed that Mr. Norton died in London, therefore the London Police Service has assumed carriage of all aspects of the investigation, including the circumstances which led to him going missing earlier this month.

The investigation has led to a residence at 20 Adelaide Street South, where a search and forensic examination are underway. Anyone having witnessed suspicious activity at or near that address in the past two weeks is asked to contact the London Police Service at 519-661-5674.

The investigation is highly active and has involved members from across the London Police Service, including Uniformed Division patrol officers and members with specialized training in searches for evidence and in forensic identification. The London Police Service would also like to thank members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance rendered in this investigation.

Cause of death will not be released. Additional information may be released as warranted, however, no additional information will be released at this time.

BACKGROUND

ORIGINAL – LONDON, ON (July 20, 2020) – Members of the London Police Service Major Crime Section and the Office of the Chief Coroner are investigating the discovery of suspected human remains located in a wooded area near Jacqueline and Ada streets on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

There will be a police presence in the area throughout the day today. Officers are conducting a search of the area and canvassing for witnesses. Members of the general public are asked to avoid the area.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Additional information will be released at an appropriate time following the post-mortem examination.

Anyone with information is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com

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