Death investigation at scene of Quinte West fire now classified as homicide, victims identified

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The Quinte West OPP have confirmed that an ongoing death investigation has been classified as a homicide.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at approximately 8 a.m., on Nichols Road in Quinte West. Initially, police responded to a residential fire at this location, alongside Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services.

There, they discovered the remains of two individuals within the building. The victims have been identified as Samantha Osypchuk, 54, and David Chard, 56, both residents of Quinte West. Osypchuk was well known to many in the City of Kingston, having spent a substantial amount of time in the local music scene.

Police say this event appears to be an isolated occurrence, with no immediate threat to public safety.

The investigation is being carried out by the Quinte West OPP Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services. These efforts are being conducted under the guidance of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Police say that at this time, no additional details will be disclosed to the public. However, anyone possessing pertinent information is urged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. For those who prefer to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Valuable tips provided to Crime Stoppers may render the informant eligible for a cash reward.

In response to inquiries from Kingstonist regarding whether or not police are currently looking for a suspect in this case, the Quinte OPP said they would not release any further information.

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