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Suspect identified in Marks Street murder

Michael Cleghorn wanted for second degree murder in death of Edmond Clovis, who died after being found severely injured on Marks Street last month.
June 12 2017 P17041180 Cleghorn Media Photo
Michael Cleghorn is wanted for second degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Edmond Clovis.

THUNDER BAY – A 29-year-old Toronto man is wanted for murder in the Victoria Day slaying of Edmond Clovis on Marks Street, though it is unknown whether the suspect remains in the Thunder Bay area.

Michael Cleghorn has been identified by the Thunder Bay Police Service as a suspect in connection to the death of the 21-year-old Clovis, who died in hospital after being found severely injured on the 300 block of Marks Street on May 22.

Det. Jason Anderson would not answer whether the suspect and victim were known to each other prior to the alleged homicide.

“What I can say is there are several persons involved in this investigation and many of them were known to one another,” Anderson said on Tuesday.

A police spokesperson previously said Clovis died as a result of a physical altercation. An autopsy was performed but the cause of death has not been publicly released.

Just days after the homicide, police released the description of a newer model Mazda CX 5 and either dark charcoal or black in colour that reportedly fled the scene and is believed to be involved in the attack.

Anderson said the SUV is connected to Cleghorn and was located last week by the Toronto Police Service.

“They’ve assisted us in having that vehicle examined by the Centre for Forensic Sciences,” Anderson said.

According to a news release from the Toronto Police Service. Cleghorn is also wanted on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and two counts each of indecent exposure to a person under 16 and uttering threats for what they describe as a 2014-2015 sexual assault of a child.

Despite the vehicle being found in southern Ontario, Anderson said it is unknown whether Cleghorn is still present locally or has returned to Toronto.

“We do not know what his location is right now,” Anderson said. “He could be anywhere between Thunder Bay and Toronto.”

Anderson would not answer whether Cleghorn is the only suspect in the investigation.

“There are other parties we’re looking to identify, others we have identified and are looking to speak with still,” Anderson said.

Cleghorn is to be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

“If anybody should happen to see him out in the public we discourage anybody from trying to engage with him,” Anderson said. “He’s a very dangerous individual. I would suggest immediately calling 911 and having police handle the matter.”

The charge has not been proven in court.



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