Halifax Police continue to investigate the murder of Jonathan Reader

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Today marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of Jonathan Reader and the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.

On August 7, 2005 at 4:10 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Radcliffe Drive and Dunbrack Street and found 19-year-old Jonathan Reader unconscious in the roadway. He was transported to hospital where he died a short time later from his injuries. The autopsy determined that Jonathan was the victim of a homicide inflicted by blunt force trauma and investigators believe the incident occurred at the location where he was found.

Investigators determined that Jonathan had been in downtown Halifax at the Pacifico Bar and Grill with some friends and left at approximately 1:57 a.m. in the company of a woman. Jonathan was last seen at approximately 3:20 a.m. walking alone on Dutch Village Road in the direction of Lacewood Drive in Halifax.

Investigators believe there are people who have information that could help solve Jonathan’s murder and we hope that the passage of time will encourage them to do the right thing and come forward with what they know. It is never too late to come forward and the smallest piece of information may be just what is needed to progress the investigation.

Jonathan Reader - murder victim
Jonathan Reader – murder victim

We ask anyone with information about Jonathan’s murder to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip using the P3 Tips App.

Jonathan’s case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program which offers cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Callers must contact the Rewards Program at 1-888-710-9090, must provide their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The amount of the award will be based on the investigative value of the information provided.

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Halifax Police Service



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