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Murder charge laid after a woman was found dead

Police identified a suspect within days of discovering a body at a home on Academy Drive. This is the city's second murder of the year.
A Thunder Bay Police vehicle sits outside an apartment complex on Academy Drive on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, where a woman was found dead on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. A man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY — A murder charge has been laid after the body of a woman was found in a home last week. 

City police were dispatched to a home on Academy Drive on March 27. 

When officers arrived, they located the body of a deceased 38-year-old woman who was confirmed to be from Thunder Bay. 

Both the Major Crimes and Forensic Identification Units investigated and identified a suspect.

Inspector Jeremy Pearson said the victim and accused were known to each other. 

Pearson did not give details regarding the cause of death.

"At this point, I know . . . a deep concern for the community is the increase in firearms violence. I'm comfortable in saying that a firearm was not involved in this incident."

Zachariah Peunish, 41, from Thunder Bay, was arrested on April 1. Peunish is charged with second-degree murder.

Pearson said the arrest occurred in a public area and without incident. 

The accused was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

The victim's name is being withheld by police at the request of the family. 

Katie Nicholls, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About the Author: Katie Nicholls, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Originally from central Ontario, Katie moved here to further her career in the media industry.
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