Ontario’s AG: no independent Caughlin review

Ontario’s Attorney General: no independent review for Karen Caughlin. Her case has been cold for 38 years.

From the PetroliaTopic.com: ”

Caughlin’s sister Kathy recently wrote to Ontario’s Attorney General, on the advice of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. Officials at the centre said the attorney general could investigate if there was evidence of mismanagement of the case.

But Caughlin recently received a response which has left her deflated.

“Please note the Ministry of the Attorney General is unable to receive or investigate complaints about the police or provide you with advice on your complaint,” wrote Attorney General John Gerretsen.

Gerretsen’s letter directs Caughlin to file a complaint with either the Ontario Civilian Police Commission or the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.”

Not only is this confusing but so discouraging for the family. I will post more as soon as I have been in touch with Kathy.

Case: On March 15, 1974 Karen Caughlin (14) went to school as usual. She had after-school plans to go to a friend’s home and later on to the Rose Garden roller rink. She would possibly sleep over. Karen and her friend left the rink around 11pm. They accepted a ride from a couple of boys and left in their pick-up truck. Karen’s friend was dropped off at her home. Karen continued to drive around the area with these boys until Karen was dropped off near her friend’s house close to 1am on March 16, 1974. This was the last time Karen was seen alive. Her body was found on March 16, 1974 around 9:50 am by an area farmer 22 kilometres from where she was dropped off. What happened to her after he drop off? What was she doing 22 kilometers away from her friend’s house? The case remains unsolved.


  1. […] Another sister, Kathy, is unhappy with the way police have dealt with the case. She claims they haven’t followed up on some tips. Two years ago, she organized a protest outside the OPP office in Petrolia, demanding an independent review.” This too has been discussed on my blog. An independent review was denied. […]