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Homicide confirmed

Thunder Bay Police are on the hunt for suspects in the city’s eighth homicide of 2014. Police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury said a passerby found the body of an as-yet unknown male who was pronounced dead after police arrived at about 7:30 a.m.
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Thunder Bay Police are on the hunt for suspects in the city’s eighth homicide of 2014.

Police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury said a passerby found the body of an as-yet unknown male who was pronounced dead after police arrived at about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

“It was deemed a suspicious death at the initial onset until we could do our preliminary investigation. It has now been confirmed a homicide,” Tilbury said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday in Thunder Bay, she added.

“At that point in time we’re hoping to determine the cause of death and positively identify the adult male who was discovered.”

The murder set a dubious mark in Thunder Bay, the most since statistics have been recorded, breaking the previous record of seven, set three times in the past 30 years.

Tilbury said it’s a disturbing number.

“This summer has been very hard for the community as a whole. We have had a number of homicides which is disturbing. However we are going to do our best to investigate this and hopefully bring it to a successful conclusion so we can find out what happened here,” Tilbury said.

Police remain on scene and access to Chapples Park, including the city-run golf course and the bike paths, is limited at this hour.

Tilbury said police have no suspects at this time and are asking anyone who might have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact them at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Homicide rates (1982-2014)
1981: 3
1982: 3

1983: 3
1984: 7
1985: 4
1986: 1
1987: 6
1988: 3
1989: 1
1990: 1
1991: 3
1992: 7
1993: 5
1994: 4
1995: 5
1996: 2
1997: 3
1998: 3
1999: 4
2000: 1
2001: 3
2002: 1
2003: 1
2004: 0
2005: 3
2006: 2
2007: 2
2008: 0
2009: 6
2010: 5
2011: 4
2012: 7
2013: 6
2014: 8



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