File Number: 104200143
A property crime escalating into a cold-blooded homicide is a rarity, but the Niagara Regional Police Service believe this is exactly what transpired twenty years ago when victim John Horvath interrupted a break and enter inside his Welland home.
On Jan. 4, 1999, during the early stages of the investigation, police discovered a back door to the Norway Avenue home of Horvath had been physically forced open. Police were initially contacted by concerned neighbours after snow from a recent storm had yet to be shovelled by Horvath.
Upon entry, and what appeared to be a routine break and enter quickly morphed into a homicide investigation when the body of Horvath was located mere steps away, inside the unsecured home at the bottom of stairs that led to the basement of the home.
Police believe the forced entry and homicide occurred two days earlier, on Jan. 2, 1999. Horvath had been beaten to death.
Police believe the suspect(s) were anticipating the Norway Avenue home to be unoccupied. Instead, the person or persons responsible were unexpectedly confronted by the homeowner after forcefully entering the home by unknown means.
Horvath was a former shop teacher from E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Welland. At the time of the murder, Horvath was a retiree in his mid-seventies, living alone in his Norway Avenue home.
Niagara regional police are seeking the public's assistance for any information pertaining to the solvable cold case homicide of Horvath, 20 years after this horrific crime occurred.
"The investigation into the unsolved homicide of Mr. John Horvath remains open and the Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to continuing this investigation in order to identify the person or people responsible," says Staff Sgt. Luigi Greco from the Niagara Regional Police Service major crime unit.
Investigators are encouraging anyone who may have information related to this unsolved homicide to contact the homicide unit at 905-688-4111 ext. 4200 or online at www.niagaratips.ca.
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File Number: 104200165
On Saturday, May 8th, 1999, the partially clad body of Nadine Gurczenski, 26 years, was discovered in a roadside ditch beside Victoria Avenue (Regional Road #24) near 8th Avenue in Vineland. The area consists of farmland and is sparsely populated.
It was more than two weeks before the Toronto area woman was identified. The cause of her death was not released, and it is believed she had been beside the road for approximately one day.
Investigators are seeking to identify a man that had been seen with Nadine on more than one occasion, just prior to her death. He is described as being in his late 20s, 6', medium build, with short brown hair and clean shaven.
Composite of person seen in the company of Nadine Gurczenski courtesy of: Niagara Regional Police Service
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File Number: 104200191
50 year old William 'Bill' Bokstein's family says they just want him back, and miss him terribly.
William Bokstein left his residence in Hamilton, Ontario on February 23, 2018 at 08:00 A.M. to drop his daughter off at school. After dropping off his daughter, it is believed that Mr. Bokstein traveled to Niagara Falls.
Every year, Hamilton police receive more than 1,500 reports of missing people. Sometimes they are found right away and sometimes they don't want to be found. But each must be taken seriously. When someone is seriously in trouble, every minute counts.
On February 25, 2018, William Bokstein was captured on video near the Fallsview Casino where he withdrew money. Mr. Bokstein has never gone missing before and has not been in contact with his family since, which is out of character for him.
He is a white man, about 5'10, 180-190 lbs. He has short, dirty blond, grey hair and blue eyes. Bokstein also has a nose ring, an earring, and tattoos on both arms and legs.
Const. Kim Walker is Hamilton's only missing person co-ordinator, a position created in 2011 and that she's held since late 2015. "I see every single one that comes through every day," Walker says. It's her job to make sure no detail is missed.
Most reports come in the same way - at a police station front desk - and most are investigated by front-line officers - representing a huge part of the workload for uniform patrol.
In Hamilton, there have been near miraculous cases where people have been found days after going missing. In 2015, for instance, Franco Mamone, then 75, was found in a field in Dundas three days after going missing without his medication.
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