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Homicide investigation underway in KI First Nation

By Tim Davidson Jan 2, 2024 | 4:44 PM

A 73-year-old Wauzhushk Onigum resident was arrested for sexual assault on March 1.

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a homicide on the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) First Nation.

The body of one person was located on New Years day around 3:00 p.m. after police responded to an incident in the community, located more than 500 km north of Thunder Bay

Officers later found second person who was also deceased.

The OPP don’t believe there is any threat to public safety.

A post-mortem exam will be done at a later date in Toronto the confirm the cause of death and the identity of the decreased.

The OPP North West Region’s Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team, Regional Support Team, OPP Forensic Identification Services, and Major Case Investigation Team are continuing under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

A release from the community says this marks the latest in a number of significant losses to the community over the last month.

Noting specifically between December 1st 2023 and January 1st 2024 seven people have passed away.

“Our community is grieving withe the loss of so many of our members in such a short period of time. While some of these deaths were expected, many were not.” said chief Donny Morris, noting as a whole the community is shaken by the tremendous loss, and its ability to provide services over the holidays were greatly impacted.

Morris concluded his statement with a request for privacy of the families during this difficult time.