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Hamilton Police close murder investigation after person of interest dies

Teresa Mummery, Michael Sullivan's sister, most recently made a plea for information on the 5th anniversary of his murder.
Teresa Mummery, Michael Sullivan's sister, most recently made a plea for information on the 5th anniversary of his murder. 900 CHML

Hamilton Police say they’ve closed an investigation into the death of 51-year-old Michael Sullivan because a suspect connected to the case has died.

Sullivan was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in the city’s east end at about 2:30 p.m. on July 29, 2013.

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Investigators believe Sullivan was struck by a black Ford F150 pick-up truck behind a Barton Street business. Sullivan was knocked to the ground with a serious head injury. He died in hospital less than three months later.

Investigators have said they believed Sullivan was targeted, as a result of a misunderstanding, when false information about his activities was relayed to the driver of a black Ford F150 pick-up truck. The driver followed the 51-year-old through nearby streets before striking him.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in the case in March 2014, but there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction, and he was released.

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Police say their person of interest was recently found dead, prompting them to close the case after five years of appeals for information.

Police had been offering a $50,000 reward in connection with the case.