Todd Petrie's Sault Ste. Marie murder haunts his mother — and she vows to hire private detectives
"I'm not going to let it go ... I want to know who killed my son — and why'
Joyce Petrie says she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her son.
Todd Alan Petrie, 48, was discovered dead in his Sault Ste. Marie apartment of suspected blunt force trauma on Feb. 27, 2011.
From a vacation home in Florida, 67-year-old Petrie of Saginaw, MI, told CBC News she's now planning to sell a cabin she owns to hire private detectives — even a psychic — to help crack the case.
"I'm in this to the end. I'm not going to let it go ... I want to know who killed my son — and why."
'I didn't even recognize him'
Petrie said her son, both a Canadian and American citizen, landed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., some time after serving in the US Marine Corps.
She acknowledged that Todd had some troubles in his adult life, and says she thinks he may have "written some bad cheques."
"Todd was a challenge," she said. "I'm not going to say he wasn't — he was a challenge for all of us — but nothing serious ... he didn't do anything bad."
But Petrie also acknowledged that Todd may have kept more from her than she first thought.
"I think it was in the last couple of years that he got into drugs," she said.
"I really didn't know it at that time ... Todd called me faithfully every week or every two weeks, he kept in touch with his brother and his sister. We didn't know how extreme it was until we saw the picture and he was murdered. I didn't even recognize him."
Ontario Provincial Police investigated the Albert Street East murder along with local police. OPP said at the time that Petrie may have known his attacker, and may have let that person into his apartment.
"The neighbourhood he was in — he did call me after Christmas and he told me that he was trying to move out of his apartment, because he said it wasn't a good place," said Petrie.
'Drug addicts in Sault Ste. Marie will not rat'
As for the investigation, Petrie is critical of police, insisting they "don't even have a suspect."
"I've been up there several times," she continued.
"I have talked to drug addicts ... I have pleaded with people that I know are selling drugs — I pleaded with them. I've done just about everything I can do. The drug addicts in Sault Ste. Marie will not rat."
OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford would not discuss whether police do or do not have a suspect in the case, but he said he has had "lots of communication with Mrs. Petrie."
"The investigation isn't cold. It's still continuing, five years later — it's still an active investigation," he said.
"She's lost her son ... I certainly understand how she must feel frustrated by this."
Glassford said police are going to need someone to step up with information.
"Somebody in the community of Sault Ste. Marie knows what happened to Todd Petrie, and we want that person to come forward."
A $50,000 reward for information in the murder of Todd Petrie remains in place.