Foul play ruled out in Barrie teen’s death

The parents of this boy are responsbile for their son’s death. When a 15yr old boy runs away from home you chase after them and not let them go on as they please, especially in the dangerous world we live in. And if it’s to be over protective all the better. It’s a very unfortunate story with a sad ending but parents need to be parents and chase after their kids. He’s 15, he was a kid.

Foul play ruled out in Barrie teen’s death
Nov 08, 2008 06:25 PM

Staff Reporters

Brandon Crisp, the Barrie teenager who ran away from home more than three weeks ago, likely died after falling from a tree, investigators concluded after an autopsy.

“The cause of the death was determined through medical examination to be as a result of injuries to the chest area that are consistent with a fall from a tree,” Barrie police said in a statement today.

Evidence at the scene is consistent with the medical findings, said OPP Const. Mark Maeers.

A group of deer hunters discovered the 15-year-old’s body Wednesday morning lying in 1.2-metre high grass below a tree at the edge of a wooded area in Oro-Medonte, a rural community just east of Barrie.

Police were quick to assure the public they should not be afraid for their safety; foul play was not suspected. Some had quietly speculated the teen had died of hypothermia. Now, with today’s announcement, police are left with more questions.

“First, we going to try to answer as many questions for the family as we can,” said Maeers. “Some, maybe we’ll never be able to answer.”

Sgt. Dave Goodbrand of Barrie police said that both forces were working on piecing together a timeline of Crisp’s final hours, adding that it still isn’t known how long the teen had been dead.

“The medical examiner has to do further tests to determine the time of death (although) we may never know exactly,” said Goodbrand. “I think everybody including the investigators was shocked by the findings.”

Goodbrand spoke briefly today with the Crisp family, who have asked for privacy.

“They’re having a real difficult time with it, as you can imagine,” he said.

A message on the family’s answering machine said: “We’re in a period of mourning for our son, Brandon. Please respect our wishes and give us time to grieve and let us be alone with our family.”

On Friday, dental records confirmed that the body was in fact that of Crisp. The teen ran away from home Thanksgiving Monday after his parents confiscated his Xbox, which his family says he was addicted to.

Both Barrie police and the OPP, along with hundreds of civilians, had scoured the Oro-Medonte region throughout the last three weeks. His parents had speculated someone in the online gaming world was holding the boy. Others wondered if he was hiding out in a waterfront cottage.

The teen’s body was found about a kilometre north of the main search area.

“It’s a very tragic time for everybody,” said Goodbrand. “Everybody was clinging to that little bit of hope that he was still out there somewhere.”

A public funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Barrie on Friday at 10 a.m.

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