Thunder Bay Homicide 15 – Police investigate the sudden death of a man found in a hotel as a homicide

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Thunder Bay police were dispatched to multiple addresses in the afternoon hours of Saturday, Dec. 24, to locate a missing male whose family had not heard from.

As a result of the search, police located the 21-year-old male from Marten Falls was deceased in a hotel room at the Kingsway Inn. Police are investigating the death as a homicide, and an autopsy is pending and will take place in Toronto. The victim has been identified as Ivan ACHNEEPINESKUM.

As a result of their continued investigative efforts, police were able to identify three suspects connected to this homicide.

Taliyah Shermaine Faith WABASSE, 18, of Webequie First Nation, is charged with Second-Degree Murder. She was located and arrested at the Thunder Bay International Airport on Tuesday, Jan, 3.

Draydin BLUECOAT, 20, of Webequie First Nation, and Jayven River Greg SPENCE, 19, of Kasabonika Lake First Nation, are both charged with Second-Degree Murder. SPENCE was located and arrested in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Kasabonika Lake First Nation. BLUECOAT was located and arrested on that same date in Webequie First Nation.

Both arrests were completed without incident and included invaluable assistance from members of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service.

WABASSE appeared in bail court on Wednesday, Jan. 4 and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

BLUECOAT and SPENCE were both transported to the City of Thunder Bay and remain in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for today (Thursday, Jan. 5).
The investigation remains ongoing.