‘$50,000 reward’: Quinte West OPP appeal for information on 40th anniversary of local woman’s homicide

Barbara Chapman was found deceased in her home near Frankford, in the City of Quinte West. – OPP photo

It’s been 40 years since the death of Quinte West resident Barbara Chapman, and police are bringing a 40-year-old cold case to the public’s attention in hopes of gathering new information.

The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) says in a media release that the Province of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Barbara Chapman.

Police state that on January 23, 1984, Barbara was found deceased in her home near Frankford, in the City of Quinte West.

Police believe her death was a homicide.

The OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), in conjunction with the Chief Coroner’s Office and the Centre for Forensic Sciences are continuing to investigate this murder and have followed-up many leads over the years.

“On the 40th anniversary of Barbara Chapman’s death, investigators are appealing to the public for any information that may help solve this serious crime,”
police state. “Even a detail someone believed was insignificant could make all the difference.”

Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. 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 of up to $2,000.

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