Man charged with ‘indignity’ to Port Burwell body, but OPP still say little Criminologist slams OPP for ‘retrograde’ handling of death probe A body. A discarded fridge. A beach town on edge as tourist season looms Police lift body, refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell   We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: [email protected] (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. A 22-year-old who worked for his father at a Simcoe hobby shop and lives not far away is the accused at the heart of a grisly mystery that’s kept Port Burwell on edge for more than a week since human remains and a fridge were found in the Lake Erie village.Samuel Waters of Jarvis, a village about 20 kilometres from Simcoe, is charged with an indignity to a human body in connection to the remains found near the base of a cliff, with the appliance, overlooking the lake in Port Burwell, an hour southeast of London in Elgin County.Under the Criminal Code, an indignity to a human body means improperly or indecently interfering with a dead body or remains.Monday, police wouldn’t confirm they searched a Simcoe hobby and bike shop, South Coast Hobbies & Rides, where Waters works, the night before and the day they announced the charge against him last Friday.Alerted by a citizen a week ago, police used a helicopter to lift both a body and a refrigerator off the steep Lake Erie bluff.Tight-lipped police have said little about their investigation, including whose remains were found and whether they’re conducting a homicide probe. The OPP’s criminal investigation branch is probing the discovery with the Elgin OPP.With so much still publicly unknown about the case, attention is turning to the young man facing the indignity charge, who remains in custody and is to appear in court in St. Thomas for a bail hearing Wednesday.While little is known about the man, conflicting impressions of him — ranging from helpful, to abrupt — emerged Monday.Waters, one downtown Simcoe merchant said, worked for his father, Chad Waters, at the Simcoe store, which specializes in all-terrain vehicles, e-bikes, dirt bikes, go-carts and radio-controlled merchandise such as model planes.The merchant, who did not want to be identified, but whose store is in the same plaza as the hobby shop, described Samuel Waters as “an odd character” whom she said came across to her as “cold” and “rude.”He was “not very friendly” when packages meant for him were left at her store instead, she said.Police, she said, were asking her for video surveillance footage, but she said her store’s equipment wasn’t working.No one answered the phone at the hobby store over the weekend or on Monday, a scheduled day closed for the business.The merchant said she’d heard of the Port Burwell discovery and found it “very scary” that someone she knows is charged.One frequent hobby shop customer, who did not want to be identified, either, said he was taken aback by the charge against Waters, whom he described as a “a quiet, nice kid.” Photo of house where San Waters lives in Jarvis, Ont. Waters enjoys working with his father, rebuilding and selling old cars, including a jeep featured prominently on his Facebook page, he said.On the store’s website, another customer posted a favourable review: “Sam is very friendly and offers a wide range of hobby vehicles and services. Go check him out, he’s very good at what he does.”In Jarvis, no one answered the door at the home where court documents show Samuel Waters lives.Nearby residents in the small community, home to about 1,000 people, said they didn’t want to talk.“This neighbourhood is very, very tight,” Charmaine Ruckpaul, a 17-year resident, said. “It’s a great neighbourhood.”With files by Jane Sims, London Free [email protected]@postmedia.comRelated read more