Kingston Police request public assistance as homicide investigation continues

As Kingston Police continue their investigation into a homicide that occurred on McKendry Road, the local police force is requesting public assistance.

Police began the investigation on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, after officers carrying out a welfare check at a residence on McKendry Road near Unity Road located a deceased person outside the residence. Two days later, police disclosed the identity of the deceased, 88-year-old Jahzerah Berndt, whom police said lived alone at the McKendry Road residence.

Now, police are appealing to the public for information, Kingston Police said in a press release on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Members of the Major Crime Unit are asking anyone who may have seen a black, two-door GMC Jimmy between Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, to contact Detective Jamie Graham at 613-549-4660 ext. 6311, or via email at [email protected].

Police are also asking anyone who may have a dash camera or security camera to review their footage from Saturday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in case the vehicle in question was captured. Anyone who may have such footage is asked to contact Det. Graham via the methods above.

In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, police said they are looking to speak with anyone who saw a black GMC Jimmy — or who may have captured one on camera — anywhere in the City of Kingston. The request for public assistance is not specific to the area of McKendry Road or Glenburnie, Kingston Police said.

Tips can also be made anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and requesting to remain anonymous.

Alternatively, tips can be submitted anonymously via email at [email protected].

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