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Man charged with second-degree murder, police investigate ‘sudden death’

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One person is dead and one faces murder charges after police said they were called to a house in the countryside southwest of London.

The Middlesex Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police says officers were called to a home on Carriage Road in Middlesex County around 9 p.m. on Monday. Police say they were called there to reports of a “sudden death.”

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The name of the deceased person has not been made public. Police say Nicholas Russell-Ewanation, 28, of Middlesex Center is charged with second degree murder. He was in custody on Tuesday, police said.

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While police said in a statement that they did not believe there was an ongoing threat to public safety, they added this “Community members can expect an increased police presence” at the scene.

Police said the investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon and involved the Middlesex OPP Crime Unit, the OPP Forensics Team, the Office of the Chief Executive and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Unit.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Carriage Road is a long north-south country road between Gideon Drive, west of London, and an area near Oneida, close to the highway. 401. Ken O’Donnell has lived there for thirty years and was shocked to hear about the homicide investigation.

“I’m very surprised. You never see or hear anything like this here,” said the owner of the Twin Streams equestrian center. “It’s still quite a rural area.”

This is the second murder investigation this year in Middlesex County, a largely rural area surrounding London.

On January 11, Middlesex OPP responded at approximately 9 p.m. to a home in North Middlesex, a small community north of Strathroy, and found one person dead.

Police later identified 82-year-old Maria Medeiros as the person found dead in a farmhouse at 4022 Wardell Dr., about a 30-minute drive northwest of London. Emanuel Medeiros, the son of the murdered woman, was charged with second-degree murder.

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