Police seek public help in tracing homicide victim’s final days – The London Free Press
London police are appealing for the public’s help to map out the final days of a 60-year-old man whose body was found in a ravine near the Thames River, the city’s fourth homicide of the year.
Sunday, police officers were scouring the site looking for clues, but not publicly commenting on the investigation that began Friday night.
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It was a citizen who first alerted police about 7:45 p.m. Friday night, about a body in the area of Wortley Road and Stanley Street, just north of the Old South neighbourhood.
During the weekend, police identified the man as William Edward MacPherson and said an autopsy concluded his death was a homicide.
Details about the 60-year-old, including where he lived, were not immediately available, with calls to police Sunday for that information not returned.
Police said they’re trying to pin down MacPherson’s activities between Aug. 6, and the night his body was found. They’ve released a photo of MacPherson and are asking anyone who recalls seeing him, or interacting with him last week, with “information about his movement or whereabouts,” to contact the department.
William Edward MacPherson
There are no homes near the wooded area where the body was found, just south of Stanley Street and on the other side of the railway tracks from a small commercial plaza containing an auto shop, a paint store and a pet groomer.
Directly across the river is the Thames Valley Parkway bike path.
Friday night, the area where the body was found was lit up by the lights of patrol cars.
Sunday, at least 10 officers could be seen surveying the area, looking for clues. The area remained sealed off to the public.
Investigators and a marine search team worked the area Saturday.
The death was London’s fourth homicide of 2018 and the second of the summer.
In May, a 27-year-old man who’d worked as a personal trainer at GoodLife Fitness was fatally stabbed during a fight at Richmond and Piccadilly streets. A London man, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in that case.
In April, a 44-year-old man was fatally stabbed on Grey Street, with police charging a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder.
A 32-year-old mother died in February when she was struck and killed, after dropping her daughter off for a trip to Florida, when she tried to stop the pickup truck she’d been driving from being stolen. A 31-year-old Brantford man was later charged with manslaughter.