OPS search for vehicle connected to Richmond murder

RICHMOND — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Homicide Unit has identified a missing vehicle they believe is related to the Richmond area homicide discovered Sunday (March 7).

A passerby discovered a body on a snowmobile trail near Richmond Sunday. After further investigation by police, it was declared death by murder. On Monday (March 8) police identified the deceased male as 40-year-old Leo Santostefano of Ottawa.

The police are now following leads related to the vehicle they identified missing.

“Police are looking for its whereabouts,” the OPS released in a statement today (March 9). “The vehicle is a 2008 silver Nissan Altima four door, with Ontario licence plate CKZC 717. Police are aware the Nissan has fresh damage and scratches that can be seen on the rear left side bumper, and part of the muffler is missing.”

 If the vehicle is located, police say please do not approach and call 911 immediately.

 “Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 612-236-1222 ext. 5493,” the OPS said. “Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.”