On Saturday July 28th, 2012 Windsor Fire Service and Police were dispatched to 828 Louis Avenue for a residential fire. The fire was called in by a neighbor who had smelled smoke.
Fire crews arrived and quickly extinguished the blaze. The body of a male was pulled out of the residence and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Signs of trauma were evident and investigators quickly determined that the victim died as a result of homicide.
The victim has been identified as Dale Allen Young, 65 years old. Mr. Young is a Windsor resident and has resided at that address for the past two years. He was divorced and is the father of four adult children.
The Windsor Police Major Crimes Branch continues to investigate this homicide.
A container of barbeque lighter fluid was found inside the residence of the victim. Investigators believe this was used as an accelerant to start the fire.
The recovered container is a plastic one litre bottle with “Royal Oak” in yellow lettering on the front. The bottle had an orange price tag affixed to it indicating the price of “3.99”.
Investigators have canvassed over 200 stores and suppliers in the Windsor area and are asking for the public’s help with the following information:
– identifying where this particular bottle was purchased
– identifying who may have purchased this bottle in the days leading up to the discovery of the deceased on July 28, 2012
– any information regarding who may have been in possession of this bottle during that time period
– if anyone is missing a similar bottle from their residence or vehicle as the suspect may have stolen the item
Please note that the store owners that have already been interviewed by investigators are not requested to contact police unless they can provide new information.
The recovered bottle, along with other evidence, has been transported to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for fingerprint and DNA examination. Results are expected within the next few weeks.