OPP: Two murders in three weeks not linked
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | July 11, 2019|
While it’s unknown what happened at a Tory Hill house in the early hours Saturday morning, tributes have been pouring in for Dylan Robert Dahlke, a 29-year-old Dysart man killed in an alleged homicide.
The second murder investigation in Haliburton County in less than three weeks also has the community reeling.
OPP have charged Robert Ferguson, 58, of Highlands East with second degree murder in connection with the July 6 incident.
Dahlke was well known in the area.
Friend Brit Lyn told The Highlander his death is both “sad” and “terrifying.”
No longer a resident of the county, she said she first met Dahlke 10 or 11 years ago when she moved back to Haliburton to look after her grandmother. She was working at a downtown restaurant and Dahlke was a regular who came in for coffee. He was well-mannered and polite, Lyn said.
“He was an old soul and a good and kind human.”
She added that Dahlke also befriended her young son “and he always took a moment to teach him something everyday.”
She said she had not seen him as much in recent years, but only a few weeks ago ran into him at the Foodland in Wilberforce. It brought back some “awesome memories” of times they had hung out together.
“He’s going to be missed. He always had your back, no matter what. He didn’t deserve that.”
Tributes have also come in to the Highlander’s Facebook page. At press time, the Sunday posting of the breaking news story had reached more than 23,000 people, and garnered more than 70 comments and almost 250 shares.
Leo Henry wrote, “Such a tragedy. Dylan was a real good fella. Would lend a hand before you asked him. Comical, genuine person. Happy I had the pleasure of many visits and laughs with him. Condolences to his family. Dylan will be sadly missed.”
Det. Insp. Jim Gorry of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch in Kingston told The Highlander Tuesday there is no link between the July 6, and a June 18 homicide. That was reiterated by Detective Staff Sargent Kurtis Fredericks, the lead investigator in the June homicide, who is based in Orillia.
Less than three weeks prior to Saturday’s incident, police arrested and charged a Haliburton man, Norman Hart, 33, with second degree murder in connection with a death in the village on June 18. Robert James Brown, 49, of Haliburton was killed shortly before 1 a.m. at a home on Highland Street.
On July 6, Gorry said police responded to a call at 5 a.m.
He said Ferguson and Dahlke were acquaintances, further describing them as “buddies,” and that both were staying in the house the night of the incident. Gorry would not comment on what happened. He said he was still awaiting reports from Dahlke’s post mortem examination in Toronto Monday as well as Ferguson’s bail hearing, also on July 8. He said the investigation is still in its early days.
OPP issued a media release just after 3 p.m. Sunday, saying members of the Haliburton Highlands detachment, with help from their crime unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS), were investigating the homicide in Highlands East on July 6. They said there was no fear for public safety.
Fredericks said that he could not publicly comment further on his ongoing investigation of the village homicide. He said officers still had a number of people to talk to.
One person who commented on The Highlander’s Facebook post, wrote, “this is a small town in cottage country where you don’t expect this stuff to happen. Toronto, yes. Haliburton, no.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.