Ajax, Ont. man identified as victim in Lambton County double murder investigation: OPP | The Canadian News

Human remains found along a rural road in Enniskillen Township at the end of December were those of an 18-year-old man from Ajax, Ont., Lambton told OPP on Wednesday.

The death is one of two being investigated by the OPP and Sarnia police as part of an alleged double murder that led to the second-degree murder charge being laid against a 42-year-old man.

Police said they were called shortly before 2.30pm on December 28 for a report of a suspicious person on Crooked Road in Enniskillen Township, just outside Oil Springs.

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OPP identifies one of two bodies found in Sarnia area

At the scene, investigators discovered human remains, which according to police were identified on Wednesday as belonging to Jelani Byer-Coates (18) of Ajax.

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“A separate spot has been identified in Watson Street in the town of Sarnia where a second inquest has begun,” police said. Police say they have located the body of Lance Richardson, 31, of Mississauga.

Earlier this month, police announced that a 42-year-old man from Sarnia, Matthew Theriault, had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of defamation of a dead body in the deaths of Byer-Coates and Richardson.

Few other details were released, including whether the three were known to each other, and when and where the alleged killings allegedly took place.

“The investigation is continuing under the auspices of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), in collaboration with Sarnia Police Service (SPS), the office of the chief coroner for Ontario and Ontario forensic pathology services,” police said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online.

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