Continuing Investigation into Suspicious Death of child in Cambridge

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Waterloo Region, Ontario – Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service continue to investigate the suspicious death of an 8-year-old child on Townline Road in Cambridge.

Through the investigation, police have identified a male they continue to search for who may have information that could assist investigators. 

Curtis Hesselink, 41, from Cambridge, is known to the child, and there are concerns for his wellbeing and safety. If anyone sees him, please do not approach him, but contact police immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Investigators continue to search the area of Townline Road and River Road in Cambridge, including a property in the area, for Mr. Hesselink.

Initial information indicated concerns relating to firearms, however, further information and investigation have resulted in no current threat to public safety.  

"The tragic death of an 8-year-old, especially under unclear circumstances, raises many concerns for our community," said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. "I want to reassure Cambridge residents and the broader Waterloo Region community that we have dedicated investigators working around the clock to determine exactly what took place and locate Mr. Hesselink safely."

A post-mortem examination has been completed, however, a cause of death has yet to be determined.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Waterloo Regional Police Service at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.waterloocrimestoppers.com.  

Community supports are available through Victim Services of Waterloo Region by visiting www.vswr.ca or by calling 519-585-2363 or 519-570-5143. Support is also available through Here 24/7 by visiting www.here247.ca or by calling 1-844-437-3247.

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