(THUNDER BAY, ON) -July 25th, 2005 Thunder Bay Police responded to the variety store located at 122 Cumberland Street South, in the Andras Court building.


A family member had located the store owner Alma Teravainen deceased inside the store.

Friends, family and tenants of the building had gathered around the store, in an emotionally charged scene.

When police officers arrived they had found that Alma Teravainen had been the victim of a violent attack. Paramedics quickly determined that this was a homicide.

Thunder Bay Police Service investigators believe Alma Teravainen was the victim of a robbery. There was small amounts of cash in the store, and Alma Teravainen was alone at the time.


Alma Teravainen had run the store since the mid 1980โ€™s. She was a member of the Strathcona Womenโ€™s Golf Association, where she golfed regular during the summer months.

As of July 25th, 2015, Thunder Bay Police Service says the investigation is still open. The investigation has been extensive and ongoing, involving other police services.

Ontario Provincial Police helped with processing the crime scene, which did yield results that police feel could lead to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the death of Alma Teravainen.

โ€Asking a huge favour.ย Could you please share this and help my family finally get some closure?โ€ Cristiene Hall-Teravainen said.

Hall-Teravainen says July 25th, 2018 โ€œmarks the anniversary of my mother inlaws senseless murder.โ€

โ€This is a small town and someone must know something.ย There is a very large reward for information leading to an arrest.ย Thanks so much.โ€


Video from Thunder Bay Police Service.



  1. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t think this will ever get solved. I hope I’m wrong but that’s my gut feeling. The person(s) that did this probably lived there and anyone who’s been in that place knows the Tenants come and go like the wind.

  2. This is so sick ! So much for forensic science . They should have been caught long ago !

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