Looking for justice: Families plead for help in slayings of pregnant woman, two men

\Looking for justice\: Families plead for help in slayings of pregnant woman, two men
Six Nations, police and families plead for community help to solve triple homicide
Homicide investigators, Six Nations officials and grieving family members have all made emotional pleas for anyone with information about the killings of a woman and two men from the reserve near Hamilton to speak up and help bring the killer or killers to justice.

The pleas came at an emotional news conference held Thursday morning at the Six Nations social services building in Ohsweken.

Six Nations Police acting deputy chief Darren Montour (left) listens as Det. Insp. Peter Liptrott of the Ontario Provincial Police speaks during a news conference on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on Thursday November 15, 2018. Three Six Nations residents were found slain in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, near London, earlier this month, and police are appealing for those with information to come forward. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

"We need help to find the killers," said Sherri-Lyn Hill Pierce, a member of the Six Nations band council, who called the killings "devastating and heartbreaking." 

An emotional Trevor Miller holds a portrait of his sister, Melissa Miller as he pleas for someone to come forward with information, during a news conference on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on Thursday November 15, 2018. Melissa Miller was one of three Six Nations residents found slain in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, near London, earlier this month. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

 "It is not just the families who are suffering. It has a ripple effect on the whole community."  

This is our home. Let's work together to make it safe for all of us.- Darren Montour, Six Nations PoliceThe bodies of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, Alan Grant Porter, 33, and Michael Shane Jamieson, 31, were found in or near a pick up truck on a rural road near London earlier this month. Police are not revealing the cause of death, but have said all three were homicide victims. Police also revealed today that Miller was seven months pregnant.

Members of the community weep during a news conference on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on Thursday November 15, 2018. Three Six Nations residents were found slain in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, near London, earlier this month, and police are appealing for those with information to come forward. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

"There is someone out there who knows," said Jock Hill, speaking on behalf of the Porter family.

An emotional Trevor Miller holds a portrait of his sister, Melissa Miller during a news conference on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on Thursday November 15, 2018. Melissa Miller was one of three Six Nations residents found slain in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, near London, earlier this month. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

He said the Six Nations and Haudenosaunee community is one of laws and justice. "By not sharing information, that's not right. If you have information, bring it forward. I know it's out there."

Family members weep during a news conference on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory on Thursday November 15, 2018. Three Six Nations residents were found slain in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, near London, earlier this month, and police are appealing for those with information to come forward. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

Det. Insp. Peter Liptrott of the OPP declined to reveal any new information about the homicides. He would not say how the three were killed. He stressed that even small pieces of information that someone might not think are relevant could be important.

They would not say if the deaths are related to the death of Douglas Hill, Miller’s former common-law partner who was found dead at the other end of Bodkin Road in August 2017. Charges against four people in that case, including a youth who had been charged with murder, have been dropped.

Investigators want to hear from anyone who saw a 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup truck on Six Nations or in the area between the reserve and where the bodies were found. They are also interested in any information about the movements and activities of the three victims in the days prior to their deaths. 

“I believe there is a lot of knowledge and information in the community and we’re asking people to share that information to assist us with our investigation so we can find out their last movements prior to their deaths and the discovery of the bodies.”

Trevor Miller, Melissa's brother, was overcome when it was his turn to speak and urged anyone with information to come forward. 

Darren Montour, acting deputy chief of Six Nations Police, said the community is grieving but must work together to solve the homicides.

"We have to live with the pain and heartbreak and as a community try to heal from these events and move forward…. We can only do so if we get the information we need from you, this community.

The update came after police put out a poster titled "Find our killer," showing photos of Miller, Porter and Jamieson along with a photo of a pickup truck found in the same location.

Liptrott said the police received information about the truck in the Bodkin Road field. He would not comment on how long the truck had been there, only that it was discovered on the morning of Nov. 4.

Provincial police were called to a field in the area of Bodkin Road and Jones Drive in the Township of Middlesex Centre near London at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4 after reports of a grey pickup truck in a field. The three bodies were discovered near the location of the stolen truck.

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At an OPP news conference Thursday morning, police revealed that a Six Nations woman found dead with two men earlier this month southwest of London was seven-months pregnant with a baby boy.

(From left to right) Melissa Miller's brother Trevor Miller, Jock Hill representing the Porter family, Sherri-Lyn Hill Pierce representing Six Nations of the Grand River band council, Acting Deputy Chief Darren Montour with Six Nations of the Grand River Police Service, OPP Detective Inspector Peter Liptrott, and OPP Constable Max Gomez at a media conference at Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, providing an update on this month's triple homicide near Oneida Nation.

At an OPP news conference Thursday morning, police revealed that a Six Nations woman found dead with two men earlier this month southwest of London was seven-months pregnant with a baby boy.

A police media conference on this month’s triple murder of residents from Six Nations of the Grand River has revealed new, disturbing information.

A poster is circulating in the hope that tips can be received in the murders of Six Nations residents Melissa Miller, Alan Porter and Michael Jamieson. (Contributed photo)

Investigators revealed that one of the victims, 37-year-old Melissa Miller was seven months pregnant when she died.

“I did get a call from Trudy Miller Monday morning, the 5th. . . . She said she hadn’t seen her,” said Six Nations police acting deputy Darren Montour.

Family and friends of the victims, police and members of the media gathered in the First Nation near Brantford Thursday morning for an update on the case.

Melissa Trudy Miller, 37, was reported missing to Six Nations police by her mother the day after the grisly discovery on Bodkin Road in Middlesex Centre on Nov. 4.

Officers say they found the bodies of Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter, and 32-year-old Michael Jamieson, all from Six Nations of the Grand River, with a grey 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup on the morning of Nov. 4 in a field near Bodkin Road and Jones Drive in Middlesex Centre, near Oneida Nation.

The OPP, Six Nations police and Oneida of the Thames First Nation police are seeking more tips to track down who killed the trio.

Police also said the pickup truck was stolen. Theyre asking for anyone with information about it to contact them so they can establish a timeline of events.

Provincial police have refused to say whether the bodies were found inside or outside the pickup truck that was also found at the scene. But a version of a poster shared on Facebook by Six Nations Police says the victims lifeless bodies were recovered from that vehicle.

A poster urging people to come forward with information about a triple homicide, shared on Twitter by West Region OPP.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 1-844-677-5050, or Six Nations Police Service at 519-445-2811. People can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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