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Orillia OPP release name of Coldwater Road murder victim

The 34-year-old, found laying on the street suffering 'serious trauma,' succumbed to his injuries at OSMH Thursday night
coldwater road closed due to investigation
A portion of Coldwater Road was closed earlier this week as the Orillia OPP and other OPP agencies investigated a homicide near Emily Street.

Police have identified the victim of a brutal murder that occurred a few blocks from the downtown core earlier this week.

On Thursday night, a citizen found a man with serious injuries lying on Coldwater Road, near Emily Street. Orillia OPP and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services arrived on scene and found the man suffering from "serious trauma."

He was transported to Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Late Saturday night, police identified the victim as 34-year-old Orillian Derek Simmerson.

A homicide investigation is being conducted by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, with the assistance of OPP Forensic Identification Services, under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch.

Det.-Insp. Matt Watson is heading up the investigation and said there is no "elevated public safety concerns at this time," but noted he has not yet ruled out anything.

While he couldn't speak about specific details of this incident, he explained to OrilliaMatters Friday why he believes there is no risk to the public.

"If we had information that led us to believe this was a random attack on somebody, we would certainly consider that an elevated public risk ... but I don't have any evidence that leads me to believe that's the case here."

A post-mortem was scheduled to be completed Saturday in Toronto, but no further details have been released.

The OPP are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 1-888-310-1122 or, to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).