Police continue Vanness homicide investigation over a decade later

Calvin Wallace Vanness, 65, was last reportedly seen in Belleville in April of 2008.
Calvin Vanness’ car was found in Kingston in April of 2008.


March 26, 2008 was the last time anyone saw Calvin Vanness, and 11 years later, police are still investigating his disappearance and suspected murder.

Calvin Wallace Vanness, 65, of Belleville was last reported seen on that day in March of 2008, when witnesses saw him driving his vehicle in the Belleville area.

The vehicle – a four-door, grey, 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with red flames on the side – was later located at a commuter parking lot on Highway 38 on Kingston on April 1, 2008. Investigators believe that an unknown person may have been operating Vanness’ vehicle during some of the time between March 26 and April 1, 2008.

Since April of 2008, the case has been considered a homicide investigation, with members of Belleville Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) working the case under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

Investigators believe someone has information that could help solve this crime.

“This person disappeared and has been missing for 11 years,” said Bill Dickson, media relations coordinator for the OPP East Region Headquarters.

“Although they’ve not found a body, the investigators on this case have reason to believe this is a homicide case.”

At this point, the Government of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Vanness. Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the disappearance and/or death of Vanness is asked to contact the OPP Criminal Investigation Brand at 1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111, or to contact their nearest police authority. Here in Kingston, Kingston Police can be reached at 613-549-4660 ext. 0.

Anyone with information that wishes to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where they may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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