Quinte West OPP – Five People Charged with Murder (Names Released)

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Five People Charged with Murder

 Five people have been charged with murder in connection with a death in early January in Quinte West.

On January 7, 2024, at approximately 11:00 a.m., members of the Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a well-being check at a motel on Dundas Street East. Officers located Kiean STODDARD, 17 years old from Quinte West, deceased at that location.

As a result of the investigation, four people have been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder, contrary to section 235(1) of the Criminal Code:

·        Morgan BELYEA, 22 years old of Belleville

·        Steven COURNEYEA, 26 years old of Belleville

·        Harold RUSSELL, 43 years old of Quinte West

·        Aaron RYAN, 27 years old of Quinte West

An arrest warrant for First Degree Murder has been issued for Khadijah COURNEYEA, 29 years old of Quinte West.

The investigation continues under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Investigators continue to request doorbell camera or dashcam video from January 3, 2024, between 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the area of 276 Dundas Street East. Videos can be uploaded via the following link: https://bit.ly/qw_dundas_st_e

Anyone with information and/or video regarding this incident is requested to contact the Quinte West OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and/or upload video to the link provided. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

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