Dead body found in Hamilton harbour deemed suspicious


Published April 3, 2024 at 2:31 pm

The death of a man found in the Hamilton harbour has been deemed suspicious, prompting a homicide investigation.

The man was found dead in Pier 4 Park on the morning of April 2, according to Hamilton Police. The park sits on the northwest side of the city off of Burlington and Bay Streets. It’s also home to the Leander Boat Club, part of which was closed for the investigation.

The next day, police confirmed the man’s identity as Jason Gallant, 50 of the Hamilton area. They’ve deemed his death suspicious and the homicide unit has taken over the investigation. The cause of Gallant’s death remains unknown. An autopsy will be performed tomorrow to determine it.

Gallant was known to police, a spokesperson confirmed in a press conference. Investigators are looking into his background “to determine why he was there and what he was doing in the days leading up to it.”

Investigators will be canvassing the area throughout the day to speak with potential witnesses. They are also collecting security footage of the area “to identify any suspect vehicles or persons of interest.” They believe Gallant died the night before his body was discovered.

So far they have provided no information about any possible suspects.

Anyone with information can call Detective Constable Lindsay Filice of the Homicide Unit at 905-546-2288 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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