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Found with 'obvious signs of trauma': police

Bob Bruton

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner

A woman talks with Barrie police after two men were found dead on William Street early Wednesday morning. BOB BRUTON photo

A woman talks with Barrie police after two men were found dead on William Street early Wednesday morning. BOB BRUTON photo

Two men found dead Wednesday morning in Barrie are victims of a double homicide, say city police.

Police received two 911 calls at 3:20 a.m. and went to a William Street residence, where two men were found with what police are calling 'obvious signs of trauma'.

“At this time we do not have a suspect,” said Const. Nicole Rodgers, just before noon. “We're looking to confirm some things with a suspect, or suspects, involved, but we don't have anything specific at this time.”

Both men lived in the two-unit house, police said, and the 911 calls came from the William Street residence.

Police are not commenting on the cause of death.

Investigators are canvassing the neighbourhood near William Street, Burton Avenue and Bayview Drive, talking to those who were in the area between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

No other information has been released, other than police are in the early stages of their investigation.

The men will not be identified until next-of-kin are notified.

They were found at a William Street home, between Burton Avenue and Holgate Street.

A woman who lives on William, on the other side of Holgate, said she didn't hear or see anything uncommon overnight or early this morning.

“I was surprised to see the (police) vehicles out there,” she told the Examiner.

Another neighbour said police officers were knocking on residents' doors at 5:45 a.m. this morning, looking for any information connected to the incident.

Police would not comment on whether officers had been at the William Street house before, or if the deaths had anything to do with illegal drugs.

Alex Mathes, who lives on William Street, said he believes the men’s deaths might have been related to drug activity.

“Everybody knew they were into drugs and you’d see people coming and going all the time,” Mathes said.

Mathes said at least one of the men had children who would often visit the home on the weekends.

“So now two kids are going to be without their parents,” he said.

Anyone with information about this investigation should call police at 705-725-7025 ext. 2160 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit tipsubmit.com.

With files by Cheryl Browne

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