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OPP offer $50,000 reward offered for information in Sibel Duzguner murder

September 14, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

She has been described as a thoughtful, caring, hard-working woman and a loving mother to her three children.

Sibel Duzguner, a 38-year-old Alliston woman, was gunned down in front of her residence by an unknown person shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2022. Her killer remains at large.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Nottawasaga Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police held a press conference to provide information and appeal to the public for any information regarding the murder. The police also announced a $50,000 reward for information that leads them to the killer or killers. 

Nottawasaga OPP says there’s a missing piece of information crucial to their investigation, and they’re hoping someone from the public will come forward with it.

The Government of Ontario is offering the $50,000 reward.

The investigation into the murder revealed that as Sibel got into her car to leave for work that morning, a vehicle drove up to her residence, and an unknown suspect got out and fired gunshots at her around 6:25 a.m. The suspect drove off in their vehicle.

The vehicle of interest, described as a grey 2011 – 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, was observed in the area of Kidd Crescent shortly before the shooting. The vehicle has five-spoke wheels, which are not common to that vehicle.

Anyone who may have observed the vehicle prior to or during the time of the incident is asked to contact police.

Police said it is believed that the shooting was targeted and not random or a case of mistaken identity.

Sibel is described by her family as a loving mother of three with a strong connection to the local Turkish and Muslim communities. Sibel immigrated to Canada from Turkey in 2003. She worked hard to integrate herself into her Canadian life, recently purchasing her own home and car. She was divorced and planning to remarry.

“Sibel was a hard-working, loving mother of three,” said Raymond St. Pierre, a detective inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Branch and major case manager for Sibel’s investigation. “Her life [was] taken from her in the early morning of Aug. 26, 2022. At approximately 6:25 a.m., Sibel was simply beginning her day, heading to work from her home on Kidd Crescent in Alliston. Unbeknownst to her, as she proceeded to start her car and reverse out of her driveway, a suspicious grey Volkswagen Jetta approached from down the street. The Jetta stopped abruptly, blocking Sibel’s driveway and her path. This forced Sibel to apply her brakes to avoid a collision. An unknown occupant from the Jetta walked toward the driver’s side window of Sibel’s vehicle, brandished a handgun and proceeded to shoot Sibel several times before returning to the Jetta which quickly drove off.”

Sibel was transported to hospital, where she died from her injuries.

“We do not believe the shooting was random or a case of mistaken identity,” Detective St. Pierre said. “We believe Sibel was targeted and we need the public’s help to find the killers. Someone knows who killed Sibel. We continue to search for the suspect vehicle and its occupants. The vehicle was observed idling down the street, waiting for Sibel to exit her home that morning. It is described as a grey 2011 or 2012 Volkswagen Jetta sedan with five-spoke style rims, which is less common for that vehicle.”

During the press conference, a video was played with Sibel’s siblings in Turkey, giving impassioned pleas for help to find who is responsible.

Tuna Boylu, acting detective constable with the Nottawasaga Detachment, gave a statement in Turkish aimed at members of the Turkish community in Ontario, asking them to come forward with any information.

Police said there are no suspects at this time. Sibel’s former husband is currently living in Canada.

Her children are in a ‘safe place.’

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Sibel Duzgner is asked to contact the OPP through a dedicated tip line at 1-844-677-9407 or the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS) 8477) or online at crimestoppers.ca.


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