An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser blocks the scene of what police are investigating as a triple murder-suicide about 300 kilometres north of Toronto, in Ryerson Township, Ont., on Sunday, February 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Salmaan Farooqui

Family killed by alleged ‘stalker’ in triple murder-suicide

Grandmother, mother and son killed in triple murder-suicide north of Toronto, family says

A man whose mother, brother and grandmother died in what Ontario provincial police are calling a triple murder-suicide said Monday that his loved ones were killed by a neighbour who had been ”stalking” his parent.

Thomas Theoret said his mother Ulla Theoret, 55, brother Paul Theoret, 28, and his grandmother Raija Turanen, 88, were found dead at their rural home in Ryerson Township, Ont., on Friday evening. Police have confirmed the identifies of the three members of the same family but have not said why or how they were killed.

Investigators also said 58-year-old Mark Jones was found in the same home. Police have said they believe Jones killed the three others before taking his own life.

Thomas Theoret, who was travelling to the small community about 300 kilometres north of Toronto to deal with the deaths, said Jones and his mother had known each other for a while before their relationship soured.

“My mom didn’t really date (Jones) but I think they were just friends for a couple months,” he told The Canadian Press. “Then he started acting kind of strange and kind of stalking her,”

Related: Police investigate triple murder-suicide north of Toronto

Theoret said one of his other brothers, who lives in another Ontario community, eventually told Jones to leave the family alone.

The interactions between Jones and the family took place over a year ago, he said, noting that his mother and the man started talking after Jones settled in the neighbourhood.

“My mom and dad had just got divorced and she was single, she was a little bit distraught. She was looking for friends and this guy Mark Jones moved into the area,” Theoret said. “He was kind of a handyman and my grandma liked him because he helped fix a few things around the house.”

The bodies of Theoret’s family members and Jones were found by a friend who stopped by the home for a pre-arranged visit around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, police have said, noting that the deaths took place sometime between Wednesday evening and the time of the discovery.

Officers have been combing the Theorets’ house and a second home on the same street on Monday, looking for anything that could help them figure out how and why the killings happened.

“Obviously the only people who know exactly what happened and why it happened are unable to speak,” said Det.-Insp. Martin Graham of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Police said they found a handgun and a long gun in the Theorets’ house, but would not say whether they had evidence to show anyone was shot during the incident.

Investigators are waiting for autopsy results to determine the causes of death, police said.

Residents of Ryerson Township and the nearby village of Burk’s Falls have expressed shock at the deaths, saying the area about 300 kilometres north of Toronto is typically a very quiet one.

Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

CCRD Candidates detail their election platforms

More candidate profiles to come….

SD49 School Board Trustee Candidates outline their platforms

SD49 School Board Trustee Candidates will be participating in an All Candidates Forum tonight at NES

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read