Charges laid in slaying of 63-year-old woman in Kemptville
KEMPTVILLE, ON. -- Ontario Provincial Police have charged a 32-year-old man with second-degree murder following the death of a 63-year-old Ottawa woman at a supportive home in Kemptville.
OPP officers responded to a 911 call at a home on County Road 18 in the community south of Ottawa shortly after 9 p.m. Friday.
In a statement, the OPP said a 63-year-old woman was dead inside the home when officers arrived. She has been identified as Karen Gottschalk-Millar, of Ottawa.
Kyle Pflieger, 32, of North Grenville, is facing a charge of second-degree murder and two counts of assaulting a peace officer.
He remains in police custody and was due in court Sunday in Brockville.
The Kemptville home is operated by Pathways to Independence. On its website, Pathways to Independence says it is a "community based, not for profit agency providing assisted community living services and supports to people with an acquired brain injury or a developmental disability who may also have complex needs based on their unique goals, abilities and choices."
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Pathways to Independence Chief Executive Officer Lorrie Hefferman said, "an incident occurred at our supported home resulting in the death of a valued and respected member of the Pathways staff."
"It is a very difficult time for everyone and our thoughts right now are with her family, friends and colleagues. An active police investigation is in progress and we cannot provide any further information or comment."
Yellow crime scene tape circled the home on Saturday.
North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford told CTV News Ottawa on Saturday that, "we have received indication from the OPP that there is no public safety threat to the community and of course as mayor I want to assure all of our residents and businesses that Kemptville and North Grenville of course is and remains a safe community."
Residents living along County Road 18 said they were shocked to learn there was a murder in the neighbourhood.
"You know to know that someone has been living right next to you that is capable of that violence is very disturbing," said Jane Kinnear on Saturday afternoon.
"It is concerning but the thing is I can't do much about it at all personally," said neighbour Ian Gursby.
Police say their investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grenville County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS).