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Body recovered from Thunder Bay river of missing 14 year-old boy

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A body recovered from the McIntyre River by Ontario Provincial Police on Thursday in Thunder Bay is a 14 year-old First Nation boy who had been missing

The boy from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) has been missing in the city since May 6.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation confirmed it was Begg later Friday afternoon.

“Everything points in the direction that it is in fact him,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The height, the weight, his clothing, his watch, his wallet, everything matches.”


The OPP recovered a body from the McIntyre River on Thursday evening, but did not release any identifying details.

The OPP unit was initially called in to assist in the search for Begg.

Begg’s mother describes him as smart, outgoing and very determined. He had just arrived in the city with his father for counselling appointments the day he was last seen.

“We are in a lot of pain and sorrow about the outcome and the result when Josiah was found,” said Begg’s grandfather Mike McKay “We had hoped for a better outcome but it wasn’t meant to be.”


McIntyre River in Thunder Bay. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN

Thunder Bay’s criminal investigations branch has secured the scene and is awaiting the results of the postmortem.

“We still have lots of answers that we need to get. We started a search of the area with our tactical unit looking for anything on the shores and we’ll start working our way back from where the body was located,” said Hughes.

The city’s police service has been under fire over the handling of a recent death and missing First Nations youth.

Tammy Keeash, 17, was found dead in a floodway on May 7. Police ruled there was no foul play.

Earlier Thursday, police issued a press release stating “this is not the time for pointing fingers. It is time to join hands and work towards our common goals of finding answers.”

On Wednesday First Nations leaders held a press conference saying they had no confidence in the police to conduct thorough investigations.






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7 Responses to “Body recovered from Thunder Bay river of missing 14 year-old boy”

    Debbie Kelso May 21, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    So sad such a tragedy such a loss to someone who passed away at a young age. We really don’t know what had happened to this young man. It’s sad cause he could had enjoyed summer with his family and friends as well could had enjoyed life to the fullest. It’s sad that he didn’t see himself graduate from school and maybe gone to college or university to persuade a career. My heart aches to the family on the loss of their son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson. I am sending my condolences to you all. May you all find comfort in each other during the loss of Josiah. May you all remain strong as well remember the Creator is watching over you all. Remember Josiah is no longer suffering he will always remain in your hearts and memories that no one can’t take away from any of you. Take care and God bless you all.

    Terry May 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    If this is suicide my heart goes out to you all, we have to figure something to do with us terrible murderer who we can’t hold accountable for. We have to all work together to find a cure.

    Jill May 20, 2017 at 5:55 am #

    I absolutely cannot fathom what the friends and family members of this poor, young child are going through. No parent should ever have to bury their child!!! This is a very sad day for myself. I wish I could take some of their pain away!!! Sometimes the ” cards of life ” we get dealt are truly not fair.

    Tsionaktiio May 20, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    Condolences to the families, no one should have to bury a youngster. Sure hope he gets Justice.

    Jessica May 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m so sorry for their loss.

    Jessica May 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    I am so sorry and sad to hear this. I pray for the family that they get through this hard time .

    Esther Diabo May 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    I have Prayed hard. I Prayed often for the best possible outcome of the search of the youth who was missing. Creator HEARS all our Prayers. Sometimes, Creator ANSWERS in ways – we do not like or want. Today, we have to say “Miigwech. Thank you” for answering all our Prayers.

    It is truly heartbreaking. It is a time of sadness, pain & anguish. But, it is also another time of continued Prayer.

    Esther Lachinette-Diabo
    Whitesand First Nation