Just over a year after the murder of 38-year-old Sibel Duzguner (nee YIRTICI), Ontario Provincial Police have announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.
On Aug. 26, 2022, shortly before 6:30 a.m., provincial police and emergency services responded to reports of gunshots at a home on Kidd Crescent in Alliston. Police found Duzguner outside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. She was transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
At a news conference on Tuesday, investigators revealed that Duzguner got into her car to leave for work that morning, when a vehicle, a grey 2011-2012 Volkswagen Jetta stopped abruptly, blocking the driveway and her path.
“This forced Sibel to apply the brakes to avoid a collision,” police said. “An unknown occupant from the Jetta walked towards the driver’s side window of Sibel’s vehicle, brandished a handgun and proceeded to shoot Sibel several times before returning to the Jetta which quickly drove off.”
Anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to and/or during the time of the incident is asked to call police.
Investigators believe the shooting was targeted and not random or a case of mistaken identity.
38y/o Sibel DUZGUNER was fatally shot in her driveway in Alliston on August 26, 2022. A $50,000 reward is being offered. Anyone with information, no matter how minor, please call the dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9407 or @CrimeSDM anonymously. #FindSibelsKillers #NottyOPP ^gp pic.twitter.com/swmapr9MY1— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) September 12, 2023
Police said Duzguner is described by her family as a loving mother of three with a strong connection to the local Turkish and Muslim communities.
“She immigrated to Canada from Turkiye in 2003 with big dreams. She worked hard to integrate herself into her Canadian life, recently purchasing her own home and her own car, and planning to remarry. Sibel leaves behind her children, who lived with her in Canada, and her family in Turkiye, including six siblings and her father,” stated investigators.
Anyone who was in the neighbourhood of Kidd Crescent between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on August 26, 2022, has surveillance video or dashcam or any information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact police.
“Any minor detail may be the key piece to this investigation,” said police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP through a dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9407 or the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or crimestoppers.ca.
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