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DRPS renew call for facts in Darby homicide

Two years after murder, crime remains unsolved

Raymond Darby

Raymond Darby

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It’s been more than two years since a vicious homicide scarred a northern Oshawa neighbourhood.

On June 18, 2013, 72-year-old Raymond Darby was violently attacked and murdered in his home on Maine Street in the Ritson Road North and Conlin Road East area. Now, Durham Regional Police are once again asking those with any information to come forward.

“It’s been two years. We don’t have any new information to act on, but somebody out there knows something,” says Sgt. Bill Calder, a police spokesperson.

Darby was last seen the night before his death walking up the driveway of his home. After his body was discovered the following day, the investigation quickly escalated from a sudden death investigation to a homicide.

Darby suffered multiple injuries before his death, which rocked the quiet Oshawa neighborhood.

Following the murder, a neighbourhood safety meeting was organized at the Kedron United Church to ease the worries of concerned residents.

Darby was well liked in the neighborhood and was commonly seen walking the area with his cane.

“It had a strong impact on the neighborhood that is there,” Calder says.

Police are hoping that by keeping the information and Darby’s image in the public realm, someone may eventually come forward with valuable information, and Calder says no bit of info is too small.

“Even if they don’t think it’s that important, what they’d seen or heard, if something has just been bugging them about something they might have in the back of their minds back then, please call investigators,” Calder says.

Darby’s is one of many unsolved cases in the DRPS database, in which investigators are actively searching for new leads.

Those wishing to provide information are urged to contact Det. Horrocks at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5418.

Anonymous tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on their website at

Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.