Police seek public’s help to solve murder

Quebec police have asked the public for information in the shooting death early last year of a 40-year-old Latvian man suspected of having ties to the Russian mafia, according to the Montreal Gazette.

The body of Voldes Ousinsh (Valdis Osiņš) was found Jan. 4, 2001, in Pointe Fortune, Quebec, near the Ontario border. The Surete du Quebec issued its public appeal July 9 after discovering that a gun involved in the accidental wounding of a teenager in Cote St. Luc also was used to kill Ousinsh.

The teenager was injured May 4, the Gazette reported, when another teenager was showing off the gun to friends. The youth is not a suspect in Ousinsh’s murder.

Investigators have said they believe Ousinsh was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in Pointe Fortune, the newspaper said. Ousinsh had a record of credit card fraud and had used several aliases since 1997 when he arrived in Canada, the Gazette reported.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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