JUSTICE: Colchester County homicide case added to rewards program

The RCMP and the provincial government are offering up to $150,000 for information about the murder of an elderly Colchester County man. The homicide of Elmer Yuill in 1991 has been added to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

"Families who have lost loved ones to violence deserve answers," Justice Minister Diana Whalen said in a March 16 announcement. "I urge anyone with information about this crime to tell police what they know." 

In the early morning of Oct. 26, one or more people hid in the loft of Mr. Yuill's barn in Beaverbrook and shot him two times as he tended his cows. Mr. Yuill was discovered by an employee face down on the barn floor.

"We believe there are people with critical information in relation to Mr. Yuill's death and adding it to the program is one more investigative tool we can use to help track down that information," said Cpl. Calvin Byard, Northeast Nova Major Crimes Unit. "Our goal is to find the person or persons responsible to bring them before the court and provide long-awaited answers to the family."

Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards.

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