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Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« on: December 29, 2007, 10:32:35 AM »
Davinder (Daphne) Kochar was 42 years of age when she was reported missing by family members on November 6th 2005.  She was last seen on the evening prior to her disappearance, at her residence.  Daphne?s 2005 navy blue Honda Odyssey van was also missing. 

 

Daphne was a female of East Indian descent, who was devoted to her family and to the community.  She was married to local obstetrician-gynecologist Harinder (Harry) Kochar. The couple has three teenage daughters, Jasmine, Karuna and Simran. 

 

On November 9th 2005 Daphne?s van was located parked behind Lockerby Towers located at 256 Caswell Dr. in Sudbury?s South End. There were no signs of a struggle or of foul play.

On December 27th 2005 Daphne?s remains were discovered by hunters near Trout Lake Road in Burwash Township, which is approximately 23 kilometers south of Sudbury.

 

On April 16th 2006 some of Daphne?s personal belongings were located in the area of Regional Rd. 24 in Lively, just east of the Hwy 144 by-pass.

 

The cause of Daphne?s death has yet to be determined, even after extensive forensic testing.  Her death has been ruled a homicide by the Chief Coroner?s Office.

 

An extensive investigation is ongoing by both members of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Greater Sudbury Police Service.  To date no person(s) have been arrested or charged with this crime.


 

 
 
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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 06:08:28 PM »
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2013/11/10/kochars-murder-still-under-investigation-opp
Kochar's murder still under investigation: OPP
By Sudbury Star Staff
Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:06:48 EST PM

Ontario Provincial Police's criminal investigations branch, along with Greater Sudbury Police Service, continues to investigate the 2005 murder of Daphne Kochar, says an OPP spokesman.

In response to an inquiry from The Star last week, Sgt. Pierre Chamberland contacted the official in charge of the Daphne Kochar case, just before the Nov. 6 anniversary of the murder of the Sudbury mother of three.

Det.-Insp. Mike Bickerton said investigators remain in touch with Daphne Kochar's family and that they "will provide further updates on the ongoing investigation when appropriate," said Chamberland, after The Star's story ran Nov. 6.

If anyone has any information on this ongoing case, they are urged to contact the OPP with that information, he said.

Kochar was the wife of Sudbury obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Harinder (Harry) Kochar, who left the city shortly after her death, eventually remarried and set up a medical practice in Lindsay.

He was found dead in his office in August 2012. While no cause of death was released, foul play was cited as a possibility nor was any criminality suggested.

His second wife said he left a note saying he didn't kill Daphne.

TIMELINE
-Davinder (Daphne) Kochar was 42 when she was reported missing by family members on Nov. 6, 2005. She was last seen on the evening prior to her disappearance, at her residence. Daphne's 2005 navy blue Honda Odyssey van was also missing.
-On Nov. 9, 2005, Kochar's van was located parked behind Lockerby Towers located at 256 Caswell Dr. in Sudbury's South End. There were no signs of a struggle or of foul play.
-On Dec. 27, 2005, Kochar's remains were discovered by hunters near Trout Lake Road in Burwash Township, about 23 km south of Sudbury.
-On April 16, 2006, some of Kochar's personal belongings were located near Municipal Road 24 in Lively, just east of the Highway 144 bypass.
-The cause of her death has yet to be determined, even after extensive forensic testing. Her death has been ruled a homicide by the Chief Coroner's Office.



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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 08:26:20 PM »
It is kindof shocking to read that they could not determine the cause of death.  That would lead me to think of some kind of medication could possibly have been used.
Also, if Daphne was found rolled up in a rug, then I would think the investigators should have found some fibres on her and/or the rug that would lead them in some direction, but over 8 years have passed.

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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 02:37:34 AM »
Oh my, SAP...I didn't clue in until I read your post with the quote highlighted, that this is the same doctor that made my local news because he was found dead in his office in Lindsay.   I wonder if they ever determined his cause of death....or his wife's.
I see he lived with a new wife in Lindsay and he was being sued for child support since his kids lived with the grandparents....

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2012/04/10/kochar-found-dead
     
 By Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:17:17 EDT AM
       
Another chapter in a family tragedy that has riveted the community unfolded Sunday when Dr. Harinder (Harry) Singh Kochar, the husband of Daphne Kochar, was found dead in his medical office in Lindsay.

Kawartha Lakes Police Service discovered Kochar's body at his office in a medical centre on Angeline Street.

The obstetrician-gynecologist left his medical practice in Sudbury about 18 months after the disappearance of Daphne Kochar, 42, a popular and well-known mother of three who was murdered in November 2005 when the family lived here.

That case is still being investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police.

The cause of her death has never been released, nor have any suspects been publicly identified.

Harinder Kochar's body has been sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for a postmortem examination, said John Hagarty, chief of the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, after which police may be able to advise on the cause of death.

But police will "likely have to wait some time for a toxicology report," said the chief. "We are not pursuing a criminal investigation at this time."

Local police told The Star that, for months after Daphne's murder, they were awaiting results of toxicology reports to confirm her cause of death, but never released that information.

A recording at Kochar's Lindsay office Monday said the office had closed unexpectedly. Patients were advised to contact family physicians to find a new obstetrician-gynecologist.

Daphne Kochar (whose maiden name was also Kochar) was last seen by her family Nov. 6, 2005, something Sudburians learned about at a news conference held jointly by her family and Greater Sudbury Police Service on Nov. 8.

Harinder Kochar, flanked by his wife's sister, Vinnie Kochar, and mother, Jaspal Kochar, appealed to the public for information about the missing woman.

At the time, her twin daughters Karuna and Simran were 13 and eldest daughter Jasmine was 15.

From the beginning, police called her disappearance as "highly unusual." They continued to classify it as a missing persons case until frozen human remains were found by hunters Dec. 27, 2005, in a wooded area about 23 kilometres south of Sudbury.

Police later confirmed the body was Daphne Kochar's and began treating the case as a homicide.

A traditional Sikh funeral service held for Daphne Kochar on Jan. 7, 2006, was attended by at least 500 people at Lougheed Funeral Home.

At the service, Harinder Kochar stood dressed in traditional Sikh garb at the front of the funeral hall, while Jasmine delivered one of three eulogies.

The teenager, by then 16, broke the hearts of those attending when she said she was old enough to drive a car and to soon graduate from high school, but was not old enough to live without a mother.

Kochar made headlines in The Sudbury Star last May after an Ontario Superior Court justice ordered him to pay more than $200,000 in retroactive child support to his daughters' grandparents.

Justice Louise Gauthier ordered Kochar to pay $4,521 a month, going back to June 2007, on behalf of his daughters to Harkrishan and Jaspal Kochar.

Gauthier had harsh words for Kochar in her April 12, 2011, order, saying it appeared he was "knowingly avoiding his child support obligations and has been doing so since the spring or summer of 2007. He should not be allowed to profit from such conduct."

That order came about two months after Kochar was found in contempt of court for not filing financial reports about his income for several years.

He was ordered to pay a fine, not child support, of at least $15,000 to the elderly Kochars for not filing the financial statements.

He was also ordered to pay $4,000 for the motion regarding contempt of court.

The elder Kochars said in their application for child support that their son-in-law had not paid for his daughters' care since May 2007.

Eighteen months after their mother's disappearance, the girls left their Sudbury home to live with their maternal grandparents near Toronto.

The twins reportedly reside with their grandparents in Florida after moving there in the summer of 2007. Jasmine is attending university in southern Ontario.

Kochar sought to have his children returned to his custody in 2007, but the court ruled they were old enough to decide where they wished to live.

Kochar left Sudbury in 2007 to practise in Collingwood, later moving to Lindsay.


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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 02:42:39 AM »
This crime against Daphne should have been solved in my opinion.  Where did the rug come from?? 

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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 11:36:44 AM »
Note that his current wife said that he left a note saying he didn't kill Daphne.  Rumours circulated that he was behind it, and that it had to do infidelity.  No evidence was ever found to prove that.

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Re: Daphne Kochar | Murder | Sudbury | November 6th 2005
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2014, 08:51:58 AM »
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2014/11/05/dark-anniversary-daphne-kochars-murder

The anniversary of Daphne Kochar's still-unsolved murder passed recently.
While I think the two cases may be very different, it was interesting to see that the DI in charge of the Kochar case, Mike Bickerton, was also investigating the more recent murder of 40 year old nurse Sheri-Lynn McEwan in Estaire. Daphne's body was found outside of Estaire; both husbands of both victims apparently committed suicide after their wives were killed. Terry Boyle, McEwan's husband, was found dead three weeks after his wife's murder, and Daphne's husband, Harinder Kochar, was found dead 5 years after Daphne's murder.
It just seemed like such a strange coincidence that these two killings would be associated in this way and with the small community of Estaire.