OPP Hope Fall Weather May Help With Murder Investigation

Remains of Bowmanville man found near Haliburton

It has been a since David Palmer of Bowmanville was reported missing. His gold, 2002 Honda Accord was found a few days later near Spruce Lake Trail in Haliburton. His remains were discovered in May of this year just north of the village. Not found, were a St Louis Blues baseball cap he was believed to be wearing, a Samsung flip phone and his wallet. Provincial Police are asking people who may be taking in the fall colours in wooded areas to keep an eye out for these items. If come across them, don’t touch or remove them and call 911, Detective Constable Matthew Carmichael of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit at 705-324-6741 or at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Here’s the OPP’s chronology of events:

  • Mr. Palmer was reported missing on October 6, 2015
  • He was last seen alive on October 2, 2015 as his image was captured on video surveillance at the Race Trac Service Station located on Highway 35 in Pontypool, Ontario where he purchased gas for his car
  • On October 14, 2015, Mr. Palmer’s gold coloured 2002 Honda Accord, with Ontario Licence plate BWCZ 783, was recovered by police near Spruce Lake Trail, near the Village of Haliburton
  • At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Palmer was wearing a dark coloured St. Louis Blues hat, dark coloured coat, a blue shirt, gray track pants and white running shoes.  He is further described as being 6’ tall, 280 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes
  • On May 7, 2016, the OPP discovered human remains north of the Village of Haliburton and those remains were positively identified as belonging to David Palmer
  • Searches conducted have failed to locate Mr. Palmer’s wallet and black Samsung flip style phone