OPP investigation continues into Spring Bay suspected home arson case

SPRING BAY––The investigation into the suspected arson at a Spring Bay home this fall is ongoing, with still no charges being laid.

“We have expanded the investigation and are beginning polygraph statements,” Community Services Officer Constable Al Boyd told The Expositor last Friday. “We are still awaiting the results from the Centre of Forensic Sciences on materials that we collected.”

The Expositor reported earlier this fall that the OPP was investigating a suspected case of arson after a fire at a Spring Bay residence on Sunday, October 13 at 2:50 am.

The Joyce family, including Cathy, Ross and their two young children Sarah and David, were alerted by the smell of smoke early Sunday morning and by their two dogs barking.

The couple discovered a small fire in their basement and were able to extinguish it themselves, with minimal damage to the home, however a clear ignition source led them to call the OPP, suspecting arson.

“The investigation is still ongoing, but we do believe that this is an isolated incident,” concluded Constable Boyd.

The OPP is still looking for information from the public on this case. If anyone has any knowledge or information of this occurrence they are asked to call police at 1-888-310-1122, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Robin Burridge