Halifax police seek witness to Ryan Michael Sawyer murder on Christmas Eve Globalnews.ca

Halifax Regional Police are asking the public for help identifying a possible witness in the death of Ryan Michael Sawyer, who was found unresponsive last month near a Halifax Alehouse.

Police have previously said that officers responded to a report of a “disturbance involving multiple people” in the 1700 block of Brunswick Street at around 1:15 a.m. on December 24.

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Sawyer, who was from Ajax, Ontario, was found unresponsive on the sidewalk of Prince Street, just east of Brunswick Street. The 31-year-old was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Police confirmed the death was a homicide, but said nothing more about the incident. One person was taken into custody the day of Sawyer’s death, but was later released.

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On Wednesday, Halifax Regional Police released an image of a man who was in the area at the time of the incident “and may have information that could assist with the investigation.”

Halifax Regional Police are looking for a witness in the death of Ryan Michael Sawyer.

Halifax Regional Police are looking for a witness in the death of Ryan Michael Sawyer.

Halifax Regional Police

In a release, police said the witness is not a suspect in Sawyer’s death and that investigators are not seeking additional suspects at this time.

The man police are looking to speak to is described as Black, in his 20s or 30s, and tall with a slim build. At that time, he was wearing a black coat and a black shirt with a gold insignia on it.

Halifax Regional Police is asking potential witnesses or anyone with information about his identity to contact police at 902-490-5020.

Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, was found unresponsive outside a Halifax alehouse in the early morning hours of December 24, 2022.  He later died in the hospital.

Ryan Michael Sawyer, 31, was found unresponsive outside a Halifax alehouse in the early morning hours of December 24, 2022. He later died in the hospital.

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