(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES, ON) – On May 29, 2018, at approximately 5:09 a.m., officers from the City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Department responded to a house fire on Aino Beach Road in Mariposa Township where a female was found deceased in the residence.
As a result of a post mortem examination that was conducted on May 30, 2018, at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) located in Toronto, the deceased has been positively identified as 35-year old, Heeley Rae BALANGA and her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Investigators are currently in the process of piecing together the victim’s last days that ultimately led up to her death and this ongoing investigation is being conducted by detectives from City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services (FISU) and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, under the direction of Detective Inspector Paul Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).
Police are asking for the assistance of the public and specifically, anyone who may have known the victim. If any member of the public may have observed any suspicious vehicles or other activity in the area of Aino Beach Road and Rainbow Bridge Road between 9:00 p.m. Monday May 28 and 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 29, 2018, you are asked to please contact the Ontario Provincial Police tip line at 1-844-677-5050.
Investigators will remain at the scene on Aino Beach Road and further information will only be provided as the investigation permits.
The OPP reminds all members of the public to always be aware of their personal safety at all times. The OPP’s website, www.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.