Foul play not expected in death of cadets

While the investigation into the death of four cadets at Royal Military College is ongoing, investigators say at this time there is no evidence of foul play. 

Other than that, little is known about the circumstances around the fatal crash.

Sometime around 2 am on April 29, a single car carrying four fourth year cadets plunged into Lake Ontario on the Point Frederick peninsula.

Officer cadets Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murphy, and Andrés Salek were later identified as victims after efforts to resuscitate on scene were unsuccessful.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) said in a statement that they would now be supporting the Ontario Coroner's investigation.

"CFNIS is, with the assistance of the local Military Police Detachment and Kingston Police, supporting an ongoing Ontario Coroner's investigation into the deaths of four officer cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada," the statement reads.

"At this time, there is no reason to believe there is any foul play from an outside source related to this incident.  Coroners in Ontario investigate deaths that appear to be from unnatural causes or natural deaths that occur suddenly or unexpectedly."

The CFNIS said it won't be providing comment until the Coroner has completed its investigation, and there has been little said publicly on the incident as a whole by RMC or anyone connected with the investigation. 

The four students were set to graduate from RMC later in the month.

Anyone who might have relevant information that could assist in the Coroner investigation is asked to contact the CFNIS duty line at 1-888-812-3647.

Story by Owen Fullerton, YGK News, for the Local Journalism Initiative

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-05-04 20:53:11 -0400