Police seek suspect wanted in St. Thomas homicide, arson
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Police seek suspect wanted in St. Thomas homicide, arson

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St. Thomas police have identified a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a woman whose home was also set on fire last week.

Emergency crews responded at 12:30 a.m. July 3 to reports of a fire at 20 Hiawatha St., where a woman was found near the blaze suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. The woman was taken to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and later died.

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Investigators concluded the fire was arson and the death was a homicide, the first in the city in eight years.

On Tuesday, police announced they had obtained an arrest warrant for Keegan Harvey, 20, who is charged with accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Victoria Dill, 40, of St. Thomas.

Harvey is also charged with arson with disregard for human life.

Investigators released a photo of Harvey, described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair and a tattoo on his right arm.

“The public should not approach the suspect but immediately call 911,” police spokeswoman Samantha Wakefield said.

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St. Thomas police are investigating a death and fire at 20 Hiawatha St. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

Police have not charged the alleged shooter or obtained an arrest warrant.

“Police are looking to identify additional suspects at this stage,” Wakefield said.

Residents of Dill’s multi-unit apartment building on Hiawatha Street and their neighbors recall hearing a single gunshot and later seeing a woman lying on the ground in a nearby parking lot.

Dill was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges of fraud under $5,000 and possession of property under $5,000. She allegedly defrauded a woman out of $2,469 by depositing forged checks on July 25, 2023, and she was also found in possession of three checks in the name of the same woman, according to court documents.

The charges against Dill are expected to be dropped, as is customary when a defendant dies.

Anyone with information about the homicide or Harvey’s whereabouts is asked to call St. Thomas police at 519-631-1224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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