No external review in Caughlin murder

The Observer reports that “The Ontario Provincial Police won’t be handing over its investigation of the Karen Caughlin murder to another police agency for external review.

Commissioner Chris Lewis is confident OPP detectives have conducted a “thorough and professional” investigation and will not ask for an independent review of the cold case file, Insp. Dave Ross said Tuesday.

The rejection came just hours after the family of the deceased teen held a news conference claiming the OPP has bungled the investigation and demanded an independent review.”

The Caughlin family has called for an independent review since the OPP has not been able to solve the 1974 murder of Karen Caughlin.

Most disturbing is that “Commissioner Lewis won’t meet with the Caughlin family, something else it [the family] requested Tuesday.”

I am stunned that meeting the Caughlin family is not an option since that would be the least that could be done!

Read more from the Observer here. The DCC string of posts about the Caughlin case can be found here. Further updates are being drafted as we have more information that will be posted soon.

And yes, if DCC is asked, of course, WE WILL collaborate!

To be continued …



  1. Miriam Said says:

    I’m shocked. I don’t quite know what to say other than, something is wrong here.

  2. Miriam,

    I am shocked about the refusal to meet the Caughlin family (that would have been the least they could do), and amazed that in this day and age we still cannot collaborate to solve the case. Instead, we remain territorial and keep others out even when there is the possibility that others might be able to help.

    We know that we are doing the right thing by staying on the case, Miriam. And if asked, of course we will collaborate! Vidster

  3. an old case … cold case …. that the *word* seems like they do not want any other independent review looking at their mistakes????

    hmmm … At least of all, meet with the family!
    Need our family say more?

  4. Doreen,

    It appears that good, old fashion values such as meeting a family (whose members have struggled with the unsolved murder of their baby sister) to answer their questions in person is too much to ask for these days.

    We can only hope that one day someone has the courage to do what is right instead of what is easy, Vidster

  5. Miriam Said says:

    I thought it was supposed to be “to serve and protect”, not to ignore and reject.

    It seems that an international collaboration of strangers is being more helpful in solving this case than the OPP are.

    Pulling rank to save your face never, ever solves a case.

    Let us hope that karma never shines it’s light of attention on the Commissioner, because there may be no one to help him if it does.

    My thoughts as always are with the Caughlin family.

  6. Wow, just wow!!!! I cannot believe the commissioner is refusing to meet with this family. As Vidocq says it is the very least he could do. I think that speaks volumes against his character.

    So sad.

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