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Exclusive: Ontario Coroner’s Office direct Police to reopen investigation into two suspicious deaths

Paul Manning brings you this exclusive Exaro News story from Ontario, Canada.

On August 30th, 2005 Jane Lutner received a visit from Halton Regional Police that every family member dreads receiving and every police officer fears delivering.

Her father Eddie Lutner, who had been missing since August 25th, 2005 had been found, his body was recovered from a Spencer Park shoreline in Burlington in an apparent suicide. A subsequent investigation by Halton Police found his fatality as ‘non-suspicious’, the Coroner’s Office ruling his cause of death ‘undetermined.’

Eddie Lutner
Eddie Lutner

Eddie Lutner, a man in his senior years was a retired TD Commercial Bank Manager who had spent 33 years in the profession. He worked for a short time teaching business at the University of Toronto. He was a passionate soccer fan, loved golfing and an unashamed womanizer, a characteristic which ultimately led to three divorces.

On August 25th, 2005 Paton Weir a 66 year old retired Toronto Police Sergeant went missing along with his boat from the docks at Port Credit. His 6 meter fishing boat swept ashore on the facing side of the lake from where it had set sail. On September 3rd Weir’s body was recovered by Peel Police officers 2 kilometers from the marina.

Paton James “Pat” Weir
Paton James “Pat” Weir

Though tragic and horrifying for the families involved, there’s nothing unusual about corpses washing up on the beaches of Ontario’s 250,000 lakes and over 100,000 kilometers of river ways. On average almost 500 people die annually in Ontario’s waterways, in 2005 the official reported total including Lutner and Weir was 490 drowning deaths.

The perplexing quandary with these two seemingly separate and ill-fated circumstances is Lutner and Weir had a prior association. Not only had they had known each other for years and were good friends, it would appear Lutner at least had tried to launder over $250,000 through a Canadian held financial services company.

At the beginning of September 2005 Jane collected her father’s car and possessions from Halton Police Detectives, the first thing she observed was “the smell of death” emanating from the trunk. She also found items that clearly belonged to a female and not her father but also an ‘Investment Group’ (IG) card. Oddly enough, when she informed Halton Detectives of what she had found in the car, they immediately attended her residence and collected the ‘IG’ card leaving all the other articles for her to dispose of.

While Halton Detectives visited Jane she inquired if they had considered if Weir and her father were connected, Weir’s body having just been discovered days prior. Jane says “His response was weird. He told me ‘No’ and that they initially suspected that Weir was trying to ‘Stage his own disappearance.’

A couple of weeks after his death, Lutner’s cell phone rang and Jane answered. The caller identified himself as “Tyler Atkinson”, a Senior Investment officer with ‘IG’. Jane says, “He told me my father was supposed to have contacted him September 1st about a ‘sizeable investment’ he had left with him.

Jane says “He also admitted that dad did not provide the required documents to support the source of the money but had promised he would. He met dad at a trade fair, but my dad’s diary has entries regarding Tyler going back to 2002.” When Jane asked Atkinson to clarify what “sizeable” meant he told her “over $250,000”.

Exaro News spoke directly with the Investors Group agent and he adamantly denied knowing both Lutner and Weir, talking to Jane or taking and investing money from Lutner. We obtained his number directly from Lutner’s’ address book which was also littered with scheduled appointments between Atkinson and Lutner.

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Over 13 years after her father’s untimely death, on August 30th, 2018 Jane was again visited by uniformed Police Officers. This time they told her to expect a call from a Detective. When DC Blair Bolton, Halton Regional Police called her Jane was shocked to hear not only had the Ontario Coroner’s office directed the police to reopen and review the investigation into her father’s death, but DC Bolton was also liaising with Peel Regional Police and the possible link between her father and Weir.

Startlingly, he further confirmed Halton Regional Police had somehow drawn links between the Jane Doe found in Rockwood, Ontario also in August 2005 and this investigation. Jane thinks it was somehow tied into a female DUI that was arrested at the same time. “They gave me the wrong release paperwork when I collected my father’s car. It was for a Ford Escort belonging to a female arrest for a DUI. The officer who called me asked repeatedly about this release form.”

The Ontario Coroner’s Office confirmed the same stating that “Information was recently relayed to our office concerning two deaths that occurred in 2005. As a result, we conducted case reviews and relayed the information given to us with the police services of the jurisdiction for their review and consideration.”

They refused to confirm Halton Regional Police assertion these deaths may be somehow linked to the ‘Rockwood Jane Doe’, the as yet unidentified female found under a sleeping bag in woodlands, by a rest stop just outside of Guelph, Ontario.

The Halton regional Police media relations officer stated by email this request by the Coroner’s Office has not “materialized into an investigation at this time.”

In 2006 Jane sent a letter to the RCMP conveying concern over the “oddities and inconsistencies” tied to her father and Weir’s fatalities. She sent a subsequent correspondence when she received no response to the first which provoked a phone call from the RCMP asking her to stop writing. Days later, Jane would subsequently receive an anonymous letter on the windscreen of her car telling her to ‘watch herself.’

Now this investigation is back in the hands of Halton Regional Police and Peel Regional Police, Jane expects them to “Investigate, not cover up what could be a multiple homicide. Hopefully the truth of the matter will be exposed.”

*Exaro News also contacted Peel Regional Police Services and Investors Group for comment and at the time of publication have yet to receive a response.

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By Paul Manning

Paul Manning has worked internationally as a law enforcement officer for over 25 years. His experience includes, but is not limited to undercover work, homicide investigations and drugs and vice. He is considered an expert on organized crime, especially traditional organized crime.