No news on Lawrence death: Kings RCMP

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Harley Lawrence

Four months after Harley Lawrence’s death, police remain tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the tragedy that rocked Berwick and other communities in Nova Scotia and beyond.

At the community meeting held Feb. 17 in Berwick, Kings District RCMP Inspector Chris MacNaughton provided an update on the Lawrence investigation, which to date has yielded no suspects or arrests.

Lawrence, who had been living on the streets of Berwick at the time of his death, perished in a bus shelter fire on Oct. 23. His death has been ruled as suspicious.

See more coverage of Lawrence's death here.  

MacNaughton, joined at the meeting by Kingston RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Jamie Greene, issued a statement on the status of the case, but declined to take any further questions about the file.

“We appreciate the community is concerned and has questions,” MacNaughton said.

“This is an important case to us and we are working bring it to a successful conclusion.”

She added the focus remains on “determining facts, analyzing evidence and piecing together the events,” that occurred on the night that Lawrence died in a bus shelter fire on Berwick’s main street.

Ron Lawrence, Harley’s brother, says his family is satisfied with the progress of the investigation.

“The family is working with the RCMP. We have to be patient. We support what they are doing.”

Ron also cautioned the public against putting any stock in rumours about his brother’s death, noting they have the potential to “destroy a lot of people in a hurry.”

Read further coverage from the meeting here, or read about a memorial garden planned in honour of Lawrence here.  


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Berwick, Nova Scotia

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  • Wayne Bezanson
    February 25, 2014 - 19:53

    Wow 4 months & their still working on it!hopefully they will work harder on it soon,Before too much time passes & it goes cold..Bring in proper investigators if they do not have the ability to solve it