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The body pulled from a Thunder Bay waterway Saturday is an Indigenous man.
The man was found in the city’s Neebing/McIntryre floodway and the death is under investigation by Thunder Bay police and the coroner.
Police said the deceased man, 21, has been identified but say they are withholding the name for the sake of the family and the investigation.
Thunder Bay police is asking anyone to contact them who observed an Indigenous male in the area of Fort William and Isabel roads on Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m.
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Investigators said the male was seen to be wearing a beige/brown long sleeve shirt, black pants and black shoes. He is described as slim with short black hair and may have been in the company of others in the area.
There have been at least three other deaths near Thunder Bay waterways in 2017.
The police force came under renewed scrutiny following the deaths of Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14, in May.
The two went missing on the same night. They’re bodies were discovered just weeks apart.
Nine First Nations youth have died in Thunder Bay over the last 17 years, including seven by, or in, a waterway.
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs said the latest river death in his city “very sad.”
Hobbs is just returning to the job on Monday after taking a volunteer leave of absence following charges being laid against him, his wife and another citizen of Thunder Bay.
Hobbs said the city needs to step up its vigilance and believes cameras and better lighting are needed along the city’s many waterways and said, “the McIntryre river has to be our first priority.”
“We can’t have any more of these deaths but they keep occurring and it’s very disturbing,” he said.
Ontario’s police watchdog is currently conducting a systemic review of the policies, practices, and attitudes of the Thunder Bay Police Service as they relate to Indigenous death and missing person investigations.
The Office of the Independent Police Review Director is holding a public meeting in Thunder Bay on Monday.
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