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Police ID man who died in Orillia boat fire

Body of John Wayne Reed, 37, found inside boat after fire Thursday morning
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Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. (Photo/OPP)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment is investigating after a body was discovered in a boat that caught fire at a business on Royce Avenue in the City of Orillia.

On Sept. 3, 2020 shortly after 6 a.m. Orillia OPP members were dispatched to a business on Royce Avenue with reports that a vessel was on fire. Police were met by Orillia Fire Department (OFD) members who extinguished the fire. Once the fire was put out a body was discovered inside the vessel.

The Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Forensic Identification Unit (FIS) and the Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM) were called in to assist the Coroner with this investigation.

Through the investigation police were able to identify the deceased as John Wayne Reed, age 37 of Orillia. A post mortem examination has been scheduled and will be conducted at the‎ Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Services (OCC-OFPS) in Toronto.

The Orillia OPP and Orillia OPP Crime Unit are continuing this investigation. If anyone has any information on the circumstances surrounding this death they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 1-705-326-3536.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.