Police search for new clues

Five years have passed since April Lynn Dobson was gunned down

by Glenn Wilkins

A mysterious homicide in Barrie marks a dubious anniversary today, Thursday, Oct. 14.
Barrie Police officers say they are stepping up their investigation into the death of 40-year-old April Lynn Dobson, five years after she was gunned down on the front porch of a Browning Trail house, in the Letitia Heights area.

April Lynn Dobson was shot five years ago.

In the early hours of Oct. 14, 2005, Dobson, who’d just finished her shift, was enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers with a co-worker at the latter’s home. Dobson had her back to the street, witnesses say, when shots rang out, striking Dobson in the head. She succumbed to her injuries soon afterwards.
Someone then noticed a young man in the area, fleeing the scene on a mountain bike in the direction of Bronte Crescent. He is a person of interest and was believed to have lived in the area.
He was described at the time as white, clean cut, around 16-20 years old, thin, of lanky build wearing a beige sandy-coloured cargo pants and light-coloured long-sleeve sweatshirt. The bike was described as possibly brown in colour, with wide tires, and straight handlebars with no accessories.
Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to call the Barrie Police Major Crime Unit Tip line at 705-725-7025 ext#2160, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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