Author Topic: Frederick “John” Hatch | 65 | Murdered Dec 2015 | Found Erin, Wellington County  (Read 1503 times)


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Victim: Frederick "John" Hatch

$50,000 REWARD

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(s) responsible for the murder of Frederick “John” HATCH.

On December 17, 2015, at 6:42 a.m., the body of 65-year-old Frederick “John” HATCH was discovered east of the 10th Line off Wellington Road 124 near the Town of Erin, Ontario.

HATCH was last seen in the Ottawa area on December 16, 2015, at 1:05 p.m., at a Dollar Tree Store. HATCH’s mode of travel between Ottawa and Erin is unknown; however, HATCH was known to hitchhike. HATCH was wearing a denim vest with Mickey Mouse characters on the back, black leather jacket, a blue/white bandana, glasses and black Harley Davidson boots, and was carrying a red duffel bag.

Investigators urge any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the murder of Frederick “John” HATCH to immediately contact the Director of Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Services at 1-888-310-1122 or 705 329-6111, or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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.


GHQ Special Circular: 16-04
CIB File # 955-10-2015-128
Date: May 17, 2016


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Wellington County OPP is employing a new tactic as the investigation into the murder of 65-year-old Frederick “John” Hatch enters its ninth month.
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A black and white OPP van with images of Hatch and details about the investigation will tour communities from Erin to Napean as a kind of moving billboard.

The van will be parked for a period of time in each community along the route in hopes of jogging the memory of anyone who may have seen Hatch on the route he is thought to have travelled the day he went missing.

The van was unveiled today (Aug. 29) at the Wellington OPP station in Rockwood, ON.

According to Sergeant David Rektor, Community Services and Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP West Region, this is the first time the OPP have employed a moving billboard as part of a murder investigation.

“The OPP criminal investigations branch is doing an unprecedented move in that we’re trying to bring witnesses forward in the Hatch homicide,” said Rektor.

“What we’re going to be doing is moving this van from Erin, where we are today, across Highway 7 to all the communities along the way and eventually in the Napean area where it will come to rest.”

Police found Hatch’s remains east 10th Line off Wellington Road 124 near the town of Erin on Dec. 17, 2015. Hatch was last seen at 1:05 p.m. the day before in the Ottawa area.

Investigators are still trying to piece together how Hatch travelled from Ottawa to Erin, but have said he was known to hitchhike.

The Ontario Government posted a $50,000 reward in the case in early June for information leading to the arrest of Hatch’s killer.

The moving billboard features images of the victim wearing the same clothing he was found in at the time of his death. It also shows some details about the investigation, the reward and contact information for both the Wellington OPP and Crime Stoppers.

“The idea is to stimulate a response. There has been and continues to be information being brought forward to investigators and they are pouring over that,” said Rektor.

“This is one of these cases where we have more questions than answers and we’re depending heavily on public input to help assist in the investigation.”

More information about the case can be found at

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case or the person(s) responsible for Hatch’s murder to contact the OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122.  An additional reward of up to $2,000 is available through Crime Stoppers should anyone wish to report a tip anonymously at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).