Police Renew Pleas For Help in Huntsville Cold Case

Four Seniors Have Vanished Without a Trace

The OPP think someone, somewhere, has information that could help solve a mystery that has stood since 1998.

Four senior citizens were living at properties in Huntsville in the 90’s, advertised as “retirement homes” that were run by four siblings. The residences were later found to be forcing these elderly residents to live in squalid conditions, according to police, and after legal action against the proprietors, the locations were shut down. One of the shacks used as a shelter is pictured above.

“Police rely on mobilizing citizens and witnesses – regardless of where they live today – as yet another way to help victims’ families find resolution. We are relentless in our investigations to ensure the culprits are brought to justice.”

Deputy Commissioner Paul Beesley, Provincial Commander, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime

Four residents were unaccounted for after the closure, 69-year-old Ralph Bernard Grant, 77-year-old Joan Dorothy Lawrence, 70-year-old John Leroy Crofts, and 89-year-old John James Semple. While no remains have ever been located, and the property has since been sold, investigators are treating their disappearances as homicides.

“We are confident that people who lived or worked in the Huntsville area when these four vulnerable victims went missing have information to help us resolve this case.” says OPP Detective Inspector Rob Matthews. “We are now providing another opportunity for them to bring crucial information forward.”

Rewards for information have been posted since early 1998 for each victim and remain actively in place. Anyone with new information can call a dedicated missing persons hotline toll-free at 1-877-934-6363 (1-877-9-FINDME) in Canada only or 1-705-330-4144 from outside Canada. You can also submit information by e-mail at opp.isb.resolve@opp.ca.