Today marks the fifteen anniversary of the murder of Jason MacCullough and the Major Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.
Jason’s body was found on a paved path between 100 and 104 Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 1999. There is no indication the 19-year-old was involved in any type of criminal activity, leading investigators to believe his death was a random act.
It is believed Jason was passing through the area while walking home and used the well-known short-cut between the buildings. Investigators believe there were several people in the area at the time of the homicide and strongly believe there were witnesses to the crime. Investigators continue to urge these people to come forward.
We're dedicated to relentlessly pursuing unsolved crimes in our community, whether they happened in the last few years or many years ago. We have resources dedicated to major unsolved crimes (homicides and missing persons) and put a significant amount of investigative effort into them. New technology continues to lead to advancements in forensic science, particularly with respect to DNA. Today’s crime labs are far more advanced which allows investigators to revisit how crime scenes were processed. These advancements also provide investigators with enhanced ability to analyze archived data such as video surveillance, camera and telephone records. One of the main obstacles we face in unsolved homicides is a lack of co-operation from people who know what happened. We issue media releases on the anniversary of an unsolved major crime in the hope that a witness will break the code of silence and come forward to police directly or through the Provincial Rewards program to help further the police investigation.
Anyone with information about the murder of Jason MacCullough is asked to contact the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division at 902-490-5333. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.
This case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.