Thunder Bay police is asking the public to help identify persons of interest in the death investigation of Dylan Moonias.
Police have released video surveillance from the area Moonias, 21, was last seen alive on the night of Sept. 21. The video shows several people walking and on bicycles in the area of William Street and North Brodie Street along the McIntyre River.
Moonias’ body was discovered in the river by a kayaker on Sept. 23, about 200 metres from where Moonias was last seen alive.
Moonias is the most recent case in a string of river deaths in Thunder Bay this year.
Dubbed the “River of Tears,” the McIntyre is also where Josiah Begg, 15, was found last May. The body of Tammy Keeash, 17, was also found in the Neebing floodway 11 days before Begg. Both deaths have been ruled drownings.
The McIntyre is also where Stacey Debungee was found in 2015. Thunder Bay police faced heavy criticism of how they handled Debungee’s death investigation, prompting Ontario’s police watchdog to investigate how the service polices Indigenous people.
There has also been reported rescues of people found floating in the river unconscious, including a 20-year-old First Nations man who was rescued by police days after Moonias’s body was discovered two months ago.
Moonias is remembered as a passionate artist and hero for saving his family from a house fire after he put out a fire in their apartment building just a week before he died.
Police are asking anyone who knows the identity of the people in the video below to contact them.
Police: 807 -684-1200
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477