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Update: Man in critical condition after pathway assault

Thunder Bay Police responded to reports of an unresponsive injured man behind the Landmark Inn.
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Landmark Trails Assault

THUNDER BAY -- A 25-year-old man was rushed to hospital in critical condition after police received a call of an unresponsive injured male behind the Landmark Inn.

Thunder Bay Police Service responded to a call of an unresponsive injured man on the pathway running parallel to Highway 11/17 just north of Dawson Road just after midnight June 25.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Marlan Patrick Chookomolin was transported to the regional hospital by ambulance and remains in critical condition.

Det. Joe Dampier said the investigation is ongoing. 

"Right now we're investigating an incident that took place behind the Landmark (Inn) on the footpath," Dampier said on Monday. "A male was located on the footpath, conscious, but non responsive. 

"He was taken to Thunder Bay Regional by ambulance, where he remains in the intensive care unit." 

Dampier said police have not publicly identified any suspects, and are turning to the public to help them piece together what might have happened to the victim before he was found. 

"Yesterday the area where the male was identified was processed by our forensics unit and a grid search was conducted by members of the emergency task unit," Dampier said. 

"We spoke to a number of witnesses yesterday and we're going to continue to locate and speak to witnesses." 

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Chookomolin in the evening hours of Saturday to contact police at 684-1200, so they may be able to timeline his activities prior to being located on the pathway and assist with determining what may have occurred.

"Anyone that has information with regards to what Marlan Chookomolin may have been doing on Saturday, specifically Saturday evening, we'd like them to come forward and speak with us so we can try to establish exactly what did take place Saturday evening." 

Anyone who may wish to remain anonymous may also report information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 
www.tipsubmit.com. Police are also looking for any surveillance video from businesses in the area that might exist. 

Police, who waited two days to make the assault public, advised the public to use caution while using pathways around the city. 

"We want people to be safe and use them when they're safest," Dampier said.