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Sault Cold Cases - Kristofer Boreland, June 21, 2000

CITY POLICE NEWS RELEASE ************************* The Sault Ste Marie Police Service is embarking on a new initiative seeking the public's assistance in solving cold case files.



************************* The Sault Ste Marie Police Service is embarking on a new initiative seeking the public's assistance in solving cold case files.

Once a month, a new cold case will be profiled to the public with the hopes that with the public's assistance this case will be solved.

Each case will include a synopsis of the investigation and will provide any pictures that may assist the public in understanding more about the case.

It will also provide information about possible suspects that may be involved or that have been identified.

It is our personal commitment to seek justice for the victims and families of these cases and we are asking for the public's help, keeping in mind we may only need a small piece of information to solve these crimes.

Each case will identify the investigating officer and the public is asked to contact this officer if they have any information that may assist in the investigation or they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 942-7867.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police's website at will also contain a section entitled "Cold Case Files" where these outstanding unsolved crimes will be posted.

We encourage the public to view this site.

The first case being profiled is the motor vehicle fatality that took place on Landslide Road on June 21, 2000 that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Kristofer Boreland.

************************* On the 21st of June 2000 at approximately 23:18 hours Kristofer Boreland, age 21 was at a Bawating High School graduation party at the Hiawatha Lodge with his girlfriend.

Boreland left the party alone and was seen by witnesses walking southbound on Landslide Road.

It was dark at the time, raining and there was very little artificial illumination on the road.

Several witnesses reported that they had nearly struck Mr. Boreland with their vehicle due to the fact that he was dressed in dark clothing and the weather at the time.

At some point Kristofer Boreland was struck by a motor vehicle on Landslide Road.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Boreland failed to remain at the scene and did not report the collision to the authorities.

Kristofer Boreland was discovered by other motorists lying across the road and they contacted police and ambulance.

Paramedics attended and treated Boreland at the scene.

He was transported to the Sault Area Hospitals where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officers of the Sault Ste Marie Police Service attended the scene and commenced an investigation into this fatality.

The scene was examined for physical evidence but revealed little as to a possible suspect vehicle.

Over the past seven years, numerous leads, tips, vehicle examinations and interviews have been conducted.

All of these sources were exhausted but the case still remains unsolved.

The family of Kristofer Boreland remains hopeful that the person responsible will feel compelled to notify police and provide closure for them, which has evaded them for the past seven years.

Anyone with information on this case no matter how insignificant is asked to contact the case coordinator, Detective Sergeant John Zambusi at 949-6300 extension 264.

Or if you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.

On September 13, 2000 the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board authorized a $10,000 reward for public information that results in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the fatal collision involving Kristofer Boreland.

That reward is still being offered.

A number of photos of Kristofer Boreland and the accident scene can be seen in the photo gallery below.


David Helwig

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