Second-degree murder charges have been dropped against a Sudbury man in the death of 40-year-old Amanda Oake.
The Valley East woman’s body was located Dec. 8, 2020 off Tilton Lake Road in Eden Township, a remote area.
On Dec. 7, 2020, OPP had requested the public’s help in locating Oake. At the time, Oake had not been seen since Nov. 28.
Then, on Dec. 8, the OPP announced that, thanks to a tip from the public, a body had been located off Tilton Lake Road in Eden Township, a remote area. An investigation was commenced with the assistance of the Nipissing West OPP Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Service (FIS), and under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
A post-mortem examination took place Dec. 10, and six days later, on Dec. 16, police revealed the identity of the body was confirmed to be Oake.
On May 1, OPP said that Kevin Fraser, 32, of Sudbury, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of committing an indignity to a dead body.
But Robert Lewis of the Nipissing West OPP said “the Crown Attorney has withdrawn second-degree murder charge” against Fraser.
Fraser remains charged with committing an indignity to a dead body.
In May, the Nipissing West OPP Crime Unit said it is continuing the investigation under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.
Anonymous tips can also be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submitting information online at OntarioCrimeStoppers.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.