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Deaths deemed suspicious in Zorra

By Megan Stacey, Heather Rivers, QMIAgency

ZORRA TOWNSHIP  - 

Two people are dead following a mysterious incident at a residence adjacent to a former nursery known as Tulip Gardens.

Police officers flooded the home of an elderly couple on Oxford County Road 119 between Thamesford and Ingersoll around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, following unconfirmed reports of gunshots.

One person was found dead at the scene, showing "obvious signs of trauma," according to the Oxford OPP. The death has been deemed suspicious, and an autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday.

A second individual was rushed to hospital but later died of their injuries.

Oxford OPP told the media it was “an active death investigation” but would not reveal the nature of incident, name or age of the deceased or injured persons.

Neighbour Angela Wright, who lives on the 25th Line, said John Kraayenbrink lived in the home with his wife Meis Kraayenbrink.

The Dutch couple, believed to be in their nineties, had owned the nursery known as the Tulip Gardens for many years. It closed about two years ago.

“They were a nice, hard working couple,” said Wright, who used to purchase her garden plants from the nursery.

Wright said Meis was in ill health.

“We haven’t seen her in years,” she said. “They kept to themselves. We really didn’t talk to them much.”

A daughter also lived on the property, Wright said.

While police said the death is being treated as suspicious they stated there was no public safety issue as the situation was contained.

More than a dozen police officers were on the scene following the incident. A police cruiser was also blocking the entry to the garden centre next door.

The house had been cordoned off by police tape and detectives could be seen examining bushes around the residence while awaiting the arrival of a coroner.

heather.rivers@sunmedia.ca