Police seek help in east end murder investigation

Hamilton police have released a snippet of video in hope the public can help officers piece together how 57-year-old Ernie Sitter was murdered.

Ernie Sitter, 57, was Hamilton's 3rd homicide of 2014

Hamilton police have released a snippet of video in the hope the public can help officers piece together how 57-year-old Ernie Sitter was murdered.

Sitter’s body was found in his King Street apartment building on Jan. 9. An autopsy revealed that he died from blunt force trauma.

The killing was Hamilton's third homicide of the year.

Police have interviewed several witnesses who have provided “important details” surrounding Sitter’s life, Det. Sgt. Matt Kavanagh said in a news release.

“Many of these people have described Mr. Sitter as a generous, well-liked man,” he said.

Police now have several pieces of evidence at the Centre of Forensic science being examined, and are awaiting analysis by forensic experts. Officers are also examining videotape evidence canvassed from surrounding businesses, he said.

Police are now releasing a screen shot from a video clip that shows a man and a woman around Sitter’s apartment building around the time of the murder. Officers are hoping to identify these people to interview them, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-3836 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.