Bruce Peninsula OPP issued a reminder this week that though two years have passed since Niram Shouldice’s disappearance on the Bruce Peninsula, police continue to actively investigate his death.
“So we just want to remind the public that we are still investigating this and other ongoing investigations,” OPP Det. Insp. Scott Moore said in an interview. “And any information the public can provide is often of assistance in these investigations.”
He declined to share any police theories about what happened to the 30-year-old Northern Bruce Peninsula man.
An OPP news release issued this week said Shouldice was reported missing or overdue by family members on March 6, 2017. Despite an extensive search, he was not found until June 27, 2017, along Lakewood County Lane.
His remains were found in a bush area along that road, west of Ferndale and just east of West Little Lake. Shouldice lived approximately two kilometres south of Lion’s Head on Bruce Road 9, in a house he rented from his father.
Police believe he was last seen in Ferndale on March 5 about 7 p.m.
Local amateur detective Nick Oldrieve said he has learned from family that Shouldice’s phone, wallet, coat and boots haven’t been found. Since he was found a two-hour walk from his home, Oldrieve has suggested maybe he was moved to that location.
Oldrieve and his colleagues raised the profile of the Shouldice case last November and December, after Shouldice’s family asked for help to cast more light on it. That done, Oldrieve believes police should continue with their investigation and he should withdraw.
Oldrieve’s website, pleasebringmehome.com, developed out of Oldrieve’s interest in solving the presumed murder of Lisa Maas. The website aims to keep these missing persons and unexplained death cases in the public eye.
The site advises anyone with tips to contact police or Crime Stoppers but it offers what it assures people is an anonymous tips submission form.
“I am not confident or comfortable that Please Bring Me Home are the right people to investigate Niram’s case further,” Oldrieve said Thursday. “We’re well versed in doing searches and reaching out to the public,” particularly on 30-yer-old cold cases, he said.
But because Shouldice’s death was just two years ago, and especially if it involved foul play, that’s a matter for the police, Oldrieve said. But if someone wants to leave a tip and will not go to police or Crime Stoppers, he offered his website to receive tips anonymously.