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Published September 8, 2023

Two years after the murder of a Simcoe County man, OPP put out plea for public's help

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It was on Sept. 8, 2021, when Ontario Provincial Police went to a large rural property on Concession 3 in Adjala-Tosorontio where they found the body of 60-year old Gordon Banks. Police said the victim was found outside and his hands and feet were bound.

"This is a large rural property with many outbuildings and abandoned vehicles. Transient individuals frequently access this location," police said in a news release on Friday, marking the second anniversary of the slaying.

Nottawasaga OPP are seeking the public's help in their investigation.

"Someone out there has information regarding the death of Gordon Banks. OPP investigators continue to work tirelessly, following up on leads and tips from the public," said Det. Ins. Darren Webster, the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) major case manager. "We believe community members hold the key to bringing those responsible to justice. If you saw something that day or have any information you think our investigators should know, call us right away." 

Investigators believe the victim was involved in a physical confrontation prior to his death, and a substantial amount of evidence was collected at the scene.

As part of the investigation, the Centre for Forensic Sciences continues to analyze this evidence.

Police believer there is no concern for public safety.

Anyone with information about what happened to Gordon Banks should contact the Nottawasaga OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online.

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