(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 17-year-old Braiden Jacob was first reported missing on December 6th, 2018 and the last place he was reported as being seen was in the Limbrick area around midnight on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Areas of interest included Chapples Park among other areas of town, but he was ultimately found at 11:30 am on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 deceased in Chapples Park.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers were holding the scene which included a large taped off area on the west side of the park, near a river. Police said in a media release on Sunday afternoon that the investigation was in the very early stages and that they could not confirm any other details at that point.
Officers and a group of volunteers coordinated their efforts in an attempt to search for the Indigenous teenager in the days leading up to the discovery at Chapples Park but were fruitless until a passerby stumbled upon the body. Police also closed off Chapples Park to vehicular traffic on Sunday and Monday. A REAL Concerned Citizen has informed us that the police are still holding Chapples Park closed to vehicular traffic.
The Thunder Bay Police Service’s forensic identification unit was on location multiple times at the Chapples Park crime scene, and since then the body of Jacob had been sent to Toronto for a post-mortem examination. Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition, Family and friends of Braiden Jacob along with First Nations leaders informed the public that the body found was indeed Braiden Jacob.
Reliable sources have informed TRCCTB.COM that the body of Braiden Jacob was found so badly beaten, that he was barely recognizable. Police have been tight-lipped, but as the family first informed TRCCTB.COM that they believed Jacob was murdered, this new information is in line with their thoughts. The family did not want to elaborate on the details of how they suspected the teen was murdered.
Braiden Jacob was in Thunder Bay to receive counselling services that are not readily available in northern communities. There have now been about 10 Indigenous deaths in recent memory in Thunder Bay that seemed suspicious and without a proper answer. Of those deaths, the family of one of the youths refused to release the findings of the toxicology report, which could have shed some light on what happened with that youth.
The Thunder Bay Police Service is working hard to identify who did this to Braiden Jacob. They are focusing their investigation in the Northwood area, and Limbrick more specifically, sources say. Police have been canvassing the area heavily since the day of the discovery.
Anyone with any information regarding the death of Braiden Jacob is urged to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service at 807-684-1200. If you wish to remain anonymous you can reach out to Crime Stoppers via their website at https://www.p3tips.com/273
In chronological order:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) - There is a strong police presence at Chapples Park this afternoon. Tips have come to our news desk regarding this incident since…
(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…
(THUNDER BAY, ON) - The Thunder Bay Police Service is still on scene where 17-year-old Braiden Jacob was found deceased yesterday. Police say they were…
With files from Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition