OPP are taking an “unprecedented approach” to encourage the public to come forward with information regarding the death of Frederick “John” Hatch.
A black and white OPP van with pictures of Hatch and details pertaining to the investigation into his death will be positioned in communities from Erin to Nepean.
Hatch was last seen in the Ottawa area on December 16th, 2015 at a Dollar Tree Store. Investigators don’t know the manner in which he travelled between Ottawa and Erin but say Hatch was known to hitchhike.
At the time of his death, Hatch was wearing a denim vest with Mickey Mouse characters on the back, a black leather jacket, a blue/white bandana, glasses, black Harley Davidson boots, and was carrying a red duffel bag.
On June 2nd, the province offered up a $50,000 reward for the information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
OPP say the van will serve as a moving billboard and will be moved weekly eventually making its way along Highway 7 communities in Central Ontario.
Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for his murder is urged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.