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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A body was found deceased by a passerby this morning at Chapples Park, as we reported earlier in the day. The Thunder Bay Police Service was on scene with multiple cruisers and officers, as well as the forensic identification unit.

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Multiple people reported the strong police presence at the park around noon today via our tip line, and we responded to the scene to begin our own investigation as to what was going on. We reported at 1:25 pm that it was a possible death, which was confirmed hours later by city police.

City police also later confirmed that they were on scene of the deceased body discovery since about 11:30 am, and had closed off the entry to Chapples Park to vehicular traffic, but not pedestrians. Police also had a pathway that lead into a semi-wooded area blocked off as well, where a significantly large area had been closed off by yellow crime scene tape.

We have since been contacted by a member of the family of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob that he has been located at the scene. The family member believes that this was likely a homicide.

Braiden was last seen in the Limbrick area during the early hours of Thursday, December 6th, 2018. He was described by the Thunder Bay Police Service as an Indigenous male standing about 6’0” tall with a slim build. He has short black hair, and brown eyes.

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According to the family of Braiden, he was missing for three days until today. Police have yet to release any information regarding the missing boy or any information surrounding the details their investigation has revealed.

The community’s thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the family of the boy during this extremely difficult time. This death increases the number of teenaged Indigenous students that have died in Thunder Bay this decade. There was an inquest into the previous deaths of Indigenous youth that resulted in numerous recommendations made that were supposed to mitigate these issues happening.

Residents in the Northwood area closer to Chapples Park have told TRCCTB.COM that city police officers were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the area days before the body was discovered. The investigation is continuing into what had happened to cause the boy’s death.

Police have yet to release additional details surrounding an Indigenous woman that was found murdered in a Cummings street back alley earlier this year. The details released surrounding that woman released were just that she was believed to have been murdered, but not how or who any suspects were.

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15 Replies to “Body found identified by the family”

  1. This is a sad day for the family and Thunder Bay. He’s such a beautiful boy and now he’s gone. My heartfelt condolences go to the family and his friends. RIP. Soar with the eagles little one. Your memory will live on.

  2. …’The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. …’. We all mourn as yet another is taken away.

  3. Its a prayer Bubz.
    Ezekiel 34:4 (Had to look it up of course)
    It goes on to say, Without a Shepard (Leader, role model) the flock (Youth, people) will wander.

    I hope this young man felt no pain and no fear.
    You and your family, are in my prayers Braiden.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. No parent should have to go threw this. We are not here to have to lay our children to rest, it doesn’t matter if you’re white,purple,black,or brown, our children are dieing. And my heart ♥️ aches for you.

  5. my sincere condolences go out to the family and all the friends of this young man,such a sad thing to lose a loved one but worse when its your child. may god be with you all at this sad time. Braiden, you have your wings now fly with the eagles…RIP….

  6. My sincere condolences go out to the JACOB family as this is a heart filled story, I wouldn’t be able to imagine to lose my child or any child to whom I have around me on a daily basis just before Christmas holidays are rolling in. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Jacob family as I am dearly sorry for the loss of this young man whom didn’t deserve his life take so young , ♥️🖤♥️ And now I’m gonna pray 🙏🏽

    Dear lord , please take the Jacob family and bless them with strength and courage to keep going on daily as this family is going through so much with the death of this young man Braiden Jacob, lord take this young man and make him holy and cleanse his sins as he didn’t deserve his life being taken away from him and his fAmily and friends . Oh lord please watch over the ones whom may have harm in there presenceand watch out for these young indigenous people who may have trouble there way, in your name JESUS CHRIST , AMENN!

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