List of suspects narrows in case of hospital theft

Daniel MacEachern
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Police are still trying to whittle down the list of suspects in the theft of about $22,000 from a man who died at the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre.

Earlier this month, relatives of Edward Seymour discovered that most of his life savings — about $22,000 in cash — was taken from a safe at the hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour. Seymour didn’t use banks and didn’t want to leave the cash at home, so he brought it to the hospital with him after the tumour caused him to collapse. It was stored in the safe, but after his death June 26, the bulk of the cash was missing.

The RCMP told The Telegram July 19 that it is focusing on the hospital’s 89 employees. On Monday, Const. Ashley Coles of the RCMP said police are still working on narrowing the list of suspects.

“We’re still working forward. We’re still doing some followup in regards to all the employees at the hospital and working closely with the polygraph section in regards to that,” said Coles. “The polygraph hasn’t been used yet.” Coles said it’s not feasible to subject everyone at the hospital to the polygraph, which is why the list of suspects needs to be shortened.

“We’re just trying to narrow down the field at this point, and work closely with the polygraph unit, and forensics out of Corner Brook, and the Central Health Authority out of here and Grand Falls,” said Coles, who wouldn’t say if all hospital employees had access to the safe. “I won’t get into the particulars of the case, but starting off in the early stages, everyone’s a suspect.”

The forensics unit should have completed its work on by the end of the week. “There are going to be (fingerprints) on the safe, like there would be in any place. We’re just trying to eliminate prints. Things are still ongoing.”

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: RCMP, Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre.Earlier, Central Health Authority

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Grand Falls

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