Bloody metal bar found, police investigate possible link to Gill murder
There are more developments tonight in the murder case involving Jagtar Gill. Ottawa Police have recovered a metal bar that may be linked to the case. At this point, Police aren't positively connecting those dots. They will only confirm they have found a blood-stained metal bar but sources have told CTV Ottawa there is a possible connection between this bar and the murder of 43-year-old Jagtar Gill.
Ottawa Police say the bloody metal bar was found in a wooded area off Cedarview Road -- some time in the last few weeks. Sources tell CTV news the discovery WAS MADE AFTER Gill's murder on January 29th. The bar, according to sources, was discovered by a citizen in a wooded area north of Cambrian road. That's about 5 kilometers from Gill's home. Police say the bar is being sent for DNA analysis.
“The information we have is that there was blood on it, says Detective Chris Benson with the Ottawa Police Major Crime Unit, “and it's being sent for examination for further follow up.”
CTV News asked whether the timing of the discovery of this bar, would lead police to think it might be connected.
“There is a possibility it might be connected,” added Benson, “but that's as far as I could say. It might be connected to other crimes as well.”
34-year-old Gurpreet Ronald, a married mother of two, was arrested this week and charged with first-degree murder. She lives meters away from Gill's house on Brambling Way in Barrhaven.
Gill was found stabbed to death inside the living room of her home. Her husband and 15 year old daughter had just stepped out to buy a cake in celebration of the couple's 17th anniversary. Gill was recovering from a hernia operation. Sources say it's believed Gill was struck first, and then stabbed.
“Anybody that could help us with anything,” says Detective Benson, “whether they've seen someone dispose it, has any information regarding it or how it got there, if they could contact the Ottawa Police Major Crime office that would be great.”
This crime -- and the arrest is even more shocking for the fact these families knew each other. The police are hoping tonight that new evidence may help them understand what happened. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.