Dowling man Gabriel Paul Richards, 72, was found dead at a residence on Sturgeon Street in Dowling on Wednesday morning, and a man known to him has been arrested on suspect of murder

A man has been arrested for the suspected murder of 72-year-old Gabriel Paul Richards of Dowling.

The accused was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service members earlier today and is scheduled to attend a bail hearing tomorrow, according to a media release.

Police are not releasing the identity of the accused because the information laid before the courts has yet to be sworn to. The suspected murder is being investigated as an isolated incident, with the suspect and victim known to each other. Police report no general concern for public safety.

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 705-675-9171 or Sudbury Rainbow CrimeStoppers at 705-222-TIPS (8477), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or sudburycrimestoppers.com.

Police were dispatched to a Sturgeon Street residence in Dowling at approximately 10:55 a.m. on Wednesday in response to a call about a man who was unconscious. 

The man, now identified as Richards, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

In an earlier media release, police noted that “based on the evidence collected at the crime scene and the blunt-force injuries discovered by the post mortem conducted through the Coroner’s Office,” the incident was being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives canvassed the area for information and video surveillance footage.


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