Provincial police say a phone tip line has been established as they continue to seek information into the death of a Blandford-Blenheim woman near Woodstock over the weekend.
It was around 9:35 a.m. Saturday when Oxford OPP say they were called to a section of Canning Road between Highway 2 and Township Rd. for a report of a vehicle parked at the side of the roadway.
When they arrived, police located a woman’s body inside the vehicle. Police publicly identified the victim Wednesday afternoon as 31-year-old Jessica Rowe of Blandford-Blenheim.
“On Tuesday, Aug. 9, a post-mortem was conducted at the office of the chief coroner, and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto, and as a result police are treating this death as suspicious,” said OPP Cst. Ed Sanchuk on Wednesday.
Speaking to AM980 Wednesday morning, Rowe’s father Colin said he couldn’t think of one person who had ever had a bad thing to say about Jessica, adding her death is a devastating loss to her son and fiancé.
“She was always the life of the room, her big smile, huge hearty laugh. No matter where she went, she brightened up a room,” he said. “She was a phenomenal mom, and her little guy is just three weeks away from his first birthday, and she was only two weeks away from her birthday, and only a month away from their wedding.”
Few details into the investigation have been made public. Cst. Sanchuk said they hope anyone with any information into Rowe’s death will contact the tip line at 1-855-677-4636.
“The investigation is ongoing. We do have a team of detectives that are dedicated to this investigation from West Region Crime Unit, and they’re continuing to investigate this incident under the direction of Acting Detective Inspector Randy Wright of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch” said Sanchuk.
A Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for funeral and day-to-day expenses has already exceeded its goal of $10,000.
“The response has been absolutely tremendous and they have no idea just how much, not just the money part, but just knowing that there’s so many people out there sending their well-wishes and their support and their prayers, and it’s been amazing for us as a family to see that much support come through,” said Rowe.
“I need to know what happened to my baby. I need to know. No matter what it is, I’ve got to have the answers. How it’s going to make me feel after, I don’t know. I don’t think I could possibly feel any worse than I do right now.”
(with files from Devon Peacock)