Oxford OPP deem Drumbo woman's death suspicious after post-mortem

By Megan Stacey, The London Free Press

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Jessica Rowe. (Facebook photo)

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Jessica Rowe. (Facebook photo)

After an agonizing three-day wait, the Oxford OPP have declared the death of a woman found on Canning Road, near Princeton, suspicious.

Friends and family say that woman is Jessica Rowe, a young mother and fiancee who disappeared on her way to work in Cambridge Saturday morning.

While police have yet to confirm her identity, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said that information would be provided Wednesday.

“We’re in the preliminary stages of our investigation, so we really need to make sure we are 100 per cent sure of who the deceased person is.”

A GoFundMe page that was set up for Rowe indicates that she was found in the vehicle on Canning Road with all of her identification.

Local residents have been anxiously awaiting news since Rowe was found inside her vehicle, which was parked on the side of the road with the engine still running, just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

It wasn’t until an autopsy was completed Tuesday in Toronto that police declared her death suspicious. Police, though, indicated there was no imminent threat to public safety.

“There doesn’t appear to any threat to public safety, but we want to remind all residents – in Oxford County and outside – to be aware of their safety at all times,” Sanchuk said. “We are urging residents to make their safety a priority.”

Detectives continue to investigate. Sanchuk wasn’t able to release any details about the investigation or whether there are suspects in the case. He did confirm that no arrest has been made.

“It would be inappropriate for me to provide details that go to the investigation, because you don’t want to jeopardize an investigation ... We need to follow the evidence and we will follow the evidence where it takes us,” he said.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene over the weekend, including investigators in hazmat suits and even drones flying overhead.

Rowe’s family set up a GoFundMe account to help financially support Rowe’s fiancé and nearly one-year-old son. You can donate to that campaign at