Suspect in 1993 cold case re-arrested, charged with murder
Christine Harron, then 15, was last seen leaving her home on the afternoon of May 18, 1993.
WALKERTON, Ont. — Anthony Edward Ringel was charged Thursday for a second time with the murder of Christine Harron, an Ontario teen who went missing nearly 20 years ago, after police said they discovered new evidence in the case.
Provincial police made the announcement Thursday in this town northwest of Toronto.
Ringel, 44, of Chesley, Ont., faced the same charge in 2004 and reportedly admitted to the crime, but was freed in 2006 after the Crown determined police erred in the course of their investigation, according to a CBC investigation.
Harron was 15 years old when she disappeared. She was last seen May 18, 1993, on her way to school in nearby Hanover.
Her body has never been found.
“I can’t discus the evidence we have discovered simply because it is before the courts and I don’t want to cause any problems with the court process,”
Det.-Insp. Chris Gilpin told media.
However he said he hoped it will finally lead to finding the girl’s remains.
“We will be planning (a search) in the near future,” Gilpin said.
Harron’s mother, Mary Anne Russwurm, was at the police conference.
“Hopefully justice will be had,” Russwurm said. “It has been a long time coming, but thankfully we have gotten to the point we are now.”
An aunt, Shirley Sachs, said she hopes the investigation will finally allow the family to put Harron’s body to rest.
“That is all I am hoping for at this time.”
Ringel was remanded into custody. He is expected back in court Monday at 2 p.m.