Author Topic: Felix Barufe | ? | Unsolved Murder | Fordwich, Ont. | February 6, 2003  (Read 3722 times)


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The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a total reward of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of twenty- four year old Felix BARUFE.

On February 6, 2003, Felix BARUFE was found dead in his home. He had been beaten and died as a result of blunt force trauma. The victim lived alone at 45576 Spencetown Road, R.R. #1, FORDWICH, Ontario, in a rural area of Huron County approximately one hour north-west of KITCHENER.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this murder should communicate immediately with their nearest police authority or the Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Ontario Provincial Police, at 1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111.

This reward will be apportioned as deemed just by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the Province of Ontario and the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Julian Fantino, Commissioner.
777 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, Ontario, Canada L3V 7V3
Date: December 29, 2006 Telephone:   (705) 329-6950
Facsimile:   (705) 329-6077


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16 years later.....still no arrest

ONTARIO COLD CASE: Felix Barufe’s murder remains unsolved 16 years later
Square five gallon pail filled with loonies, toonies missing after murder
News Apr 26, 2019 by Dan McNee Listowel Banner

Felix Ulrich Barufe was killed as a result of blunt force trauma in his rural Howick Township residence in early 2003. His homicide remains unsolved to this day, although the case is still an active, ongoing investigation for the Ontario Provincial Police. - Courtesy of Huron County Crime U

After being alerted by a 911 call, Huron County OPP discovered the body of Felix Barufe is his rented farm house south of Fordwich on Feb. 6, 2003. It was later determined that the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma. - Marion Duke/Listowel Banner Phot

The Huron County Crime Unit petitioned the public seeking information about Felix Barufe's whereabouts from late January to early February 2003. Barufe drove two vehicles around the time of his murder: a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT (license plate number AMXA-881) and a 1999 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck (license plate number 868-5KE). - Courtesy of Huron County Crime U

An overview map detailing the Fordwich area, Felix Barufe's residence and the locations of evidence found. - Courtesy of Huron County Crime U
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When you’re talking rural Ontario, you can’t get much more rural than Howick Township.

With a population of approximately 4,000 people spread over a largely agricultural area in eastern Huron County, it goes without saying that Howick is generally a quiet place. Most of its residents live within the small communities of Wroxeter, Gorrie and Fordwich, and when foul play happens in those areas, it typically doesn’t go unnoticed.

The exception would be the case of Felix Ulrich Barufe.

The 24-year-old had rented a red brick house one concession south of Fordwich in late 2001 after previously living in the Shelburne and Orangeville areas. Eighteen months later, he was found dead in his home, a victim of blunt force trauma as the result of an altercation. Items had been taken from Barufe’s residence, but the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigations Branch had little in the form of witnesses.
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Despite him living in the area for a year and a half, some of Barufe’s neighbours had never met him, and were shocked to learn that such a violent crime had happened only just down the road.

“We didn’t even know his name until after the murder had happened,” said one neighbour who has lived on their Spencetown Road farm for nearly 40 years. “We never met him physically. We saw his vehicles go down the road, and he had very nice vehicles.”

Police responded to the initial 911 call to 45576 Spencetown Road at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003. Barufe, who lived alone, was identified two days later, with the OPP immediately appealing to the public for assistance in the homicide investigation. A canine unit and members of the OPP’s West Region Emergency Response Team combed the area for evidence that weekend, while OPP forensic teams examined the house.

Possible motives behind Barufe’s murder were never disclosed to the public or media.

“As it is an ongoing investigation, the OPP will not discuss motive or speculate what it could be related to,” commented Huron County OPP communications officer Jamie Stanley.

As the days and weeks wore on, investigators began to uncover evidence that items had been taken from the scene of Barufe’s homicide.