Police offer $50K for anyone with info on Michael Sullivan's murder

Hamilton police are offering up $50,000 for anyone who can give them a solid lead into the baffling case of who killed Michael Sullivan.
Gail Sullivan, Michael Sullivan's mother, hugs a supporter last July after making another plea for anyone who can help find the person responsible for her son's death. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Hamilton police are offering up $50,000 for anyone who can give them a solid lead into the baffling case of who killed Michael Sullivan.

Michael Sullivan, 51, was killed by a truck driver who chased him through the streets of the east end in 2013, police say. (Courtesy Hamilton Police)

The police services board voted Thursday to offer a reward in the death of Sullivan, a father of two with a disability who was killed on his bicycle in 2013.

It’s just the latest in a series of high-profile attempts to crack the case. Last year, police and Sullivan’s family held an event on Barton Street where Sullivan was killed on July 29, 2013. They invited the media in hopes that the attention would bring a lead.

Police still don’t have enough leads, said Chief Glenn De Caire during the board meeting.

“We do believe there are some people in the community who have information,” he said.

Here’s what police know:

Around 2:30 p.m. at Barton and Lottridge, Sullivan rode his bicycle by some people on the street. He had a brief exchange with them, and they said something to the driver of a black pickup truck. Some information was exchanged that was wrong, De Caire said.

Whatever it was, the driver chased Sullivan down city streets until they reached the rear lot of a restaurant supply store at 927 Barton St. E. The truck hit Sullivan so hard that he flew off his bicycle. He was found unconscious and taken to Hamilton General, where he was taken off life support on Oct. 29, 2013.

Police have the truck – a black Ford F150. But they still don’t know who the driver was, since the driver didn’t own the truck.

The driver was a man in his 20s or 30s with short hair.

Sullivan, 51, was living with his mom Gail in a house on Spadina Avenue at the time. He worked from home building or fixing things for other people. He rebuilt computers for underprivileged children. He fixed bicycles for people who didn’t have them.

Police have been conducting interviews, watching video surveillance and using other methods to answer key questions. One person – the one who gave the wrong information – has been charged with mischief.

Police believe, De Caire’s report says, that a reward will bring “new leads, investigative avenues and ultimately, to a successful conclusion.”

Anyone with information should call police at 905-546-3843 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. 


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