Sam Waters, in green, leaves the St. Thomas courthouse after being released on bail. Photo taken Wednesday May 15, 2019. (Jane Sims/The London Free Press)
ST. THOMAS — The man charged in connection with a bizarre police probe into a dead body and a discarded appliance in a Southwestern Ontario lakeside community was released on bail Wednesday morning.Samuel Waters, a 22-year-old who runs with his father a Simcoe hobby shop, was released from custody, per the Crown’s recommendation, on a $3,500 no-deposit bail with a requirement to check in weekly with police and hand over his passport.Waters, described by Free Press journalist Jane Sims as a skinny, bearded young man, has no criminal record.
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He’s the only person charged, so far, in a bizarre police probe that has rattled Port Burwell – a Lake Erie shoreline community an hour southeast of London – and left people across Southwestern Ontario wondering what to expect next.Waters is charged with causing an indignity to a human body.Investigators have revealed little publicly about the probe, which drew widespread attention when officers used a helicopter to remove a discarded fridge and human remains off a steep Lake Erie bluff just outside Port Burwell, a summertime tourism magnet.Tight-lipped police have said little about their investigation, including whose remains were found and whether they’re conducting a homicide probe. The OPP’s criminal investigation branch is probing the discovery with the Elgin OPP.With so much still publicly unknown about the case, attention is turning to the young man facing the indignity charge. While little is known about the man, conflicting impressions of him — ranging from helpful to abrupt — emerged earlier this week.
An OPP helicopter lifts a refrigerator from the beach below a Lake Erie bluff east of Port Burwell on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Earlier, the helicopter lifted a body from the beach off Lakeshore Line east of Stafford Road. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press
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Waters, one downtown Simcoe merchant said, worked for his father, Chad Waters, at their Simcoe store, South Coast Hobbies & Rides, which specializes in all-terrain vehicles, e-bikes, dirt bikes, go-carts and radio-controlled merchandise such as model planes.Per Wednesday’s court proceedings, Waters is banned from possessing weapons but is allowed to use the tools as required at the shop. He is slated to return to court on June 26.