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Guelph man charged with second-degree murder

Police recovered a body on Wednesday behind a business just south of downtown

Update: The man accused of second-degree murder is James Dobbs. His bail hearing Thursday morning in a Guelph court was delayed after Dobbs refused to come out of his cell for the court appearance, a court officer told the justice of the peace dealing with the matter. As of 11:35 a.m. Dobbs had still not appeared in court.


A Guelph man has been arrested and faces a second-degree murder charge after human remains were located Wednesday afternoon, report Guelph police.

On Monday, the Guelph police received information alleging a murder had taken place Sunday inside a downtown apartment. Investigation led police Wednesday to a location near the intersection of Wellington Street East and Wyndham Street South, where the remains of an adult man were located behind a business.

A suspect was identified. That man was located late Wednesday morning and was arrested.

Police were seen Wednesday searching the river and river banks near downtown.

A police vehicle was parked outside 90 Carden St. Thursday morning.

A 43-year-old Guelph man is charged with second-degree murder. He was scheduled to appear in a Guelph bail court Thursday.

Police did not release his name.

Police said they believe it is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Const. Scott Biser at 519-824-1212, ext. 7131, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at

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