On March 20th, 2023 Darrell JAMES was reported missing to the Timmins Police Service. Members of the Uniform Patrol Section began an initial investigation into determining his whereabouts that included a public appeal for information that would help police locate him.
During the initial stages of the investigation, the Timmins Police were able to locate his vehicle in the parking lot of a local retail store.
Based on this development, investigators became concerned for the wellbeing of Darrell JAMES and continued investigating the circumstances of his disappearance.
A comprehensive investigation took place that included Criminal Investigators and Forensic Identification officers of the Timmins Police Service.
Additional investigative support was provided by Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, as well as Ontario Provincial Police including aviation services, forensic examiners, and computer examiners.
As a result of the ensuing investigation, on March 24th police located the body of Darrell JAMES in an isolated wooded area west of the City of Timmins; he had died of an apparent stab wound.
Edward JAMES was arrested at his residence shortly after police had discovered the body of the deceased. The investigation continued with the execution of a Search Warrant at his residence seeking to locate and secure evidence of the homicide.
Edward JAMES, 59, of Timmins, has been charged with First Degree Murder and was held in police custody for the purposes of a show cause hearing.
He has since been remanded into custody and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 11th, 2023.
Through the investigation, police learned that Darrell and Edward JAMES were brothers that were residing in the same residence located in Timmins. Darrell JAMES had just returned home from an out of town trip on March 18th.
Upon his return home, Edward JAMES used a knife to kill his brother. Edward JAMES then brought Darrell JAMES’ vehicle to a parking lot, returned home and two days later reported Darrell JAMES to the Timmins Police as a missing person.
Edward JAMES had also discarded the body of the deceased in an isolated area west of the City of Timmins.
The police located the body and performed a thorough forensic examination of that scene.
The Timmins Police Service has worked cooperatively with the family to keep them informed of the investigative process and followed up with information from the investigation.
The Timmins Police wish to express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim during this very difficult time and ask that their privacy be respected as they mourn.
This is a tragic event that has a significant impact on our community. The Timmins Police Service wants the public to know that community safety and the wellbeing of our citizens continues to be a top priority as we work alongside community members, partners, and stakeholders.
Our investigative staff have been working hard to respond to matters of public safety and they remain committed to promoting an atmosphere where everyone can feel safe and secure in our community.
Police are asking members of the public who have information about this crime to contact the Timmins Police Service. The Timmins Police is specifically interested in anyone that was in contact or observed Edward JAMES between Saturday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 22nd.