Where is Douglas Spiers? OPP say the convicted killer is wanted for parole breach, after family reported him missing

The provincial repeat offender parole enforcement (ROPE) squad is searching for a convicted killer who was reported as missing by family earlier this week, but is now accused of breaching his parole.

Douglas Spiers — formerly known as Douglas Stokes — is serving a life sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder for the 2001 beating and stabbing death of Murray Parrott, 55, of Milton. He served 12 years before being eligible for parole in 2013.

Spiers’ sister Jessie Stokes, who lives in British Columbia, says her brother Doug was last seen Sunday and has been reported missing in Niagara.

“For 10 years he has been an upstanding and contributing member of society and is loved,” she said about her brother, adding that he wouldn’t leave his kids. She believes he is a very low risk to reoffend.

“He isn’t a monster,” she added.

OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Steve Sermet, of the ROPE squad, confirmed that Spiers was reported missing by family in Niagara Sunday. However, he said police now believe he is not missing, but is breaching parole. A warrant for his arrest was issued March 7.

He was last seen in Toronto, near Union Station, he said.

Spiers is known to frequent Hamilton, Welland, Dunnville, St. Catharines and Toronto. He also has ties to Vancouver, police said.

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