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Local teen charged with manslaughter in Orillia man's death

The 'drug-related' incident took place at a housing complex on Fittons Road in 2019; Oro-Medonte man, 19, faces charges
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The body of a 24-year-old man was found outside a unit at the Couchiching Co-operative on Fittons Road West in September of 2019. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters FIle Photo

The Orillia OPP Crime Unit has arrested and charged a local male with manslaughter in relation to a sudden death that occurred in 2019.  

Just before 6 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2019, a 24-year-old Orillia man was discovered outside of his Fittons Road West residence without vital signs. The male was transported to Orillia's Soldiers' Memorial Hospital by County of Simcoe Paramedic Service, where he was pronounced deceased.  

The investigation, which was drug related, was continued by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit and Central Region Forensic Identification Services, under the direction of Detective Inspector Matt Watson of the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch.  

As a result of that probe, Carson Gannon, age 19, of Oro-Medonte is charged with manslaughter and trafficking methamphetamines.    

When the incident occurred, Orillia OPP Const. Martin Hill told OrilliaMatters the deceased male was found by friends at about 5:50 a.m. outside one of the units at the complex just east of the intersection with Park Street.

At the time, Hill could not provide details, but said there were "no obvious signs of violence" at the scene. He added: "There are no public safety issues."

Carson Gannon will appear next on Oct. 27, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.  

If you have any information about this or other crimes, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.

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