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Grozelle family members express their gratitude

Fifth Estate – “Shadows of Doubt” – Joe Grozelle Searching for the truth


What really happened to Joe Grozelle?

This question was examined by the CBC surrounding the disappearance and death of the Ridgetown area student who was in his third year at Royal Military College in November 2003.

CBC’s The Fifth Estate will air Grozelle’s story Shadows of Doubt tonight at 9 p. m.

Linden McIntyre, of The Fifth Estate, told The Chatham Daily News more questions arose from their reporting compared to answers.

“It’s a tragic story . . . and a very peculiar case,” he said.

McIntyre and his colleagues spoke with many people who knew Grozelle, including his father Ron, his basketball coach, his teammates and officials involved in the investigation.

McIntyre said the work done by the Canadian Armed Forces National Investigation Service on Grozelle’s case wasn’t “very impressive.

“There was a lot of effort by the military and the NIS to prevent any serious look at what they did . . . it was disappointing that as soon as the body was found they just basically went away,” he said.

McIntyre said the NIS jumped to conclusions saying Grozelle had committed suicide.

“There were three outcomes (suicide, accident, murder) and they went quickly to the one that by accident or design that was most convenient to the establishment,” McIntyre said.

“No one went to the Grozelle family and said we regret to inform you that your son killed himself. This was the kind of below the horizon point of view expressed to the Ontario’s Coroners office.”The NIS took over the investigation on Grozelle’s disappearance a few days after he vanished on Oct. 22, 2003.

He said the NIS wrapped up its investigation shortly after Grozelle’s body was found 22 days later in Kingston harbour.

McIntyre said he did not agree with the NIS report which focused on 16 points summarizing their belief that Grozelle did commit suicide.

He said the CBC examined three points in the report stating Grozelle had been breaking up with his girlfriend, had been doing badly in school and he was about to be cut from the varsity basketball team.

After looking at evidence, McIntyre said the NIS was totally wrong on these assumptions.

“There was nothing about this guy that would appear to suggest intense emotionally problems that proceeds to suicide,” McIntyre said.

Grozelle’s father Ron hopes the episode will lead to information about his son’s death.

“We’re still looking for answers,” he said.

“The story’s not finished yet, we’re still working on it.”

Ron, who has tirelessly searched for the truth about what happened to his son, said the show raises many of the questions that have plagued the Grozelle family for nearly five years.


The video can be played online here.


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