Quebec murder remains unsolved after 2 years

Two years after a 40-year-old Latvian man was found shot to death in southwestern Quebec, and a half-year after putting out a public call for information, police in the Canadian province say the case remains unsolved.

The body of Voldes Ousinsh (Valdis Osiņš) was found Jan. 4, 2001, in Pointe Fortune, near the Ontario border.

Last July, when the gun that killed Ousinsh turned up in a shooting incident in Cote St. Luc, the Surete du Quebec issued a public request for information about his death.

The plea for information yielded about 10 calls from the public, but police still have not solved the murder, Surete spokesperson Manon Gaignard told Latvians Online.

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

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Inspector Jude Joyal at +1 (514) 598-4043, or toll-free in Canada, +1 (800) 659-4264.

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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