Six years on, murder of Estaire woman remains unsolved

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Six years after the fact, the murder of an Estaire woman remains unsolved.

On Monday, the Estaire Volunteer Fire Service took the time to remember Sheri-Lynn McEwen, a former member of the service, on the anniversary of her killing.

“This tragedy touched not only every member of the fire team but every person in our little community,” the service noted on its Facebook page. “We ask that you take a moment to remember Sheri-Lynn (The Red Rock Crusher), her smile and her zest for life.”

The firefighters asked people to support the OPP, which continues to investigate.

“If you have remembered any information (no matter how trivial you think it might be), please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Please ‘share’ this post as someone somewhere has information that may help.

“The more people that read it, the better chance the perpetrator(s) will be caught.

McEwan had just returned from a trip to Las Vegas with friends, who dropped her off at her home at 7 Elbow Lake Rd. in Estaire on Oct. 7, 2013.


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A 911 call was made shortly afterward, although the OPP would not say who called or confirm reports that there wasn’t any sound on the other end.

OPP and members of the Estaire Wanup Volunteer Fire Department responded to call. McEwan, the wife of the community’s deputy chief and a former volunteer firefighter herself, was found gravely injured after an assault.

The popular operating room nurse at Health Sciences North was rushed to hospital and succumbed to her injuries. Her death was immediately ruled a homicide. She was 40.

Firefighters who visited the home of McEwan and her husband, Terry Boyle, after the scene was released said there was evidence the garage door was broken into and a door to the house was kicked in, leading them to believe there was a break and enter, although police haven’t released any details about the crime scene.

Since then, the case has been shrouded in mystery and her killer remains free. Over the years, Ontario Provincial Police have released few details about the case.

A reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for her killing has been offered.

The sadness, however, didn’t end with McEwan’s slaying, however. On the day of the murder, McEwan’s husband, Terry Boyle, was working at the time, according to his firefighter friends, doing a local run as a truck driver. They said his firefighter pager went off when the call came in about the medical emergency at his address.


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Less than two weeks later, firefighters, many of whom Boyle had trained, were paged to 7 Elbow Lake Rd. again, this time to a possible suicide. Boyle was found dead by his own hand, say those who spoke to The Star.

The Estaire Wanup fire hall is located directly across the road from the home where McEwan, and Boyle, 59, lived.

At McEwan’s funeral Oct. 14, Boyle sobbed as he delivered a eulogy to more than 200 people. “I beg you, please, never let her spirit die,” said Boyle. “That would be admitting defeat, and Sheri-Lynn would never allow that.”

Friends say Boyle really died from a broken heart.