BARRIE, Ont. - The countryside has long been a place where people tend to get rid of things they don't want - including bodies.
This weekend's discovery of human remains in Sugar Bush and Lake of Bays Township adds to the list of bodies found in Oro-Medonte Township.
The body of Jonathan Chambers, a 21-year-old Markham man, was found in an Oro- Medonte Township ditch along Line 4 south March 7, 2007. Police say he was shot execution-style.
Richard Boxall, 31, of Barrie, was found unconscious in a snowbank on Ridge Road, between the 5th and 6th lines of Oro- Medonte in February 2007. He later died in a Toronto hospital.
Boxall was found a few concessions south of where the body of Mimi Khonsari was found in May 2004. The 61-year-old wife of a prominent Barrie surgeon, Khonsari was stabbed to death. Her body was discovered by a man taking a shortcut on a wooded rural lane just off Ridge Road, near the 8th Line of Oro-Medonte.
In May 2002, a man and woman, both 44 years old, were found shot and beaten to death in their car in a field off the 4th Line of Oro- Medonte, near Highway 11. The murders of Dung That Ton and his wife Bong Thi Bui were linked to a marijuana grow operation. Their bodies were discovered by a driving instructor.
Other recent discoveries made in local rural areas:
Nov. 7, 2008 - The body of Ali Garakan, a 47-year-old Thornhill man, is found burning in an Essa Township ditch, west of Barrie. He died from stab wounds. Three Toronto men in their 20s were charged with first-degree murder.
July 8, 2007- Alexandra Flanagan, a 33-year-old Barrie woman, is last seen alive near Sunnidale Park, not far from her Wellington Street apartment. Her partial remains are discovered the following October in a south-end wooded area. More remains are found in the city's east end in February 2008.