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Police update on Westfort homicide

By Adam Riley Jun 28, 2023 | 8:08 PM

Thunder Bay Police continue to investigate the city’s 3rd homicide of the year, which occurred Tuesday morning in Westfort.

Officers were called to a home on Mary Street East just before 11:30 a.m. where a woman was found deceased.

Investigators initially requested the public’s assistance for video or images taken in the area of the home which could assist them, but Detective Inspector Jeremy Pearson says they have now expanded that request to another area.

“Specifically in the area of Arthur at Vickers Streets, any one with surveillance cameras in that area who has not already spoken to police, anyone who may have been driving by that area between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on June the 27th, who has dashcam or footage.”

Pearson didn’t go into specifics as to what exactly police are looking for but he did suggest if anything was “unusual” to bring it forward.

The victim was found inside the home by a member of the public, who then contacted police.

Police do know the identity of the deceased, they are still speaking with next of kin, and at this time are unable to provide any identifying information aside from the victim being an adult woman.

A post mortem examination has been slated to take place in Toronto on Thursday.

Pearson couldn’t go into too much detail regarding the investigation as it is still in its infancy, but he did confirm that a weapon had been used and that it was not a firearm.

As well while police are open to every possibility, as of Wednesday afternoon, the investigation did not indicate any connection to the ongoing drug trade in the city.

Police do not believe this homicide to be a random act and that there is no threat to the community at this time.


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