Allen Schairer, 62, found deceased in Sarnia’s 4th murder of 2021

The 2021 Ontario Homicide Victim List is available here.

Sarnia police responded to a check on welfare on January 26th in the 500 block of Devine Street at approximately 1:35pm.

Police made entry into the residence where they found Allen Schairer, 62, of Sarnia deceased. Sarnia police said, “The death of this man appears to be suspicious and is being treated as a homicide”.

The Mayor of Sarnia Mike Bradley said Schairer was a retired parks and recreation city worker.

Police said they would like to remind home owners to secure their doors and windows, that exterior lights are on and operational, and that people contact the Sarnia Police if anyone suspicious is observed in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Branch Information Line at 519-344-8861, extension 5300. 

Detectives are requesting any video surveillance from either residents or businesses, within the following boundaries; Exmouth Street to the north, Christina Street to the west, LaSalle Line to the south, and Highway 40 to the east. The time frame to be captured would be as follows:

  1. January 22, 2021, 5:00 PM to January 23, 2021, 8:00 AM
  2. January 25, 2021, 7:00 PM to January 26, 2021, 7:00 AM

Update Poilce have arrested Joshua William Tomlinson, 35 years of age, of Sarnia, on January 27th at approximately 9:25pm, and charged with first-degree murder in relation to the death of Allen Schairer, of Devine Street. Tomlinson’s next court appearance will be on February 8, 2021.

Investigators are searching for a second suspect, Noah Elijah Brown, 28 years of age, of no fixed address, for first-degree murder. Detectives are requesting a warrant for the arrest of Brown. Brown is described as being approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 155 pounds, slim build, and blue eyes.

Update January 29th
Noah Elijah Brown was arrested at approximately 1:45pm on January 28th and is now facing first degree murder charges.

This is Sarnia’s fourth homicide of the year, in all of 2020 the city had three homicides.
2021 homicide victims

Sarnia has a population of 72,125 according to information from the 2016 Census of Population.