(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On Saturday, December 15th, 22-year-old Jonathan Yellowhead of Fort Hope, Ontario, appeared in court in Thunder Bay and was formally charged with second-degree murder and breach of probation in connection with the death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob.
On Sunday, December 9th shortly after 11:30 am. officers were dispatched to the southern portion of Chapples Park after a passerby saw what they believed to be a body.
A post-mortem examination took place in Toronto on Thursday, December 13th. The results of the examination confirmed the body discovered was that of Braiden, who had been reported missing earlier.
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 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.
Today, in Superior Court, a bail hearing was held for Jonathan Yellowhead in which a publication ban was placed on. Details of what unfolded in the bail hearing cannot be printed, but what we can tell you is that he was granted release from jail. He is facing charges of murder, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. Three serious charges.
Yellowhead was released on a recognizance bail plan with a surety. His release conditions are:
- Reside with his surety in Fort Hope First Nation.
- Remain in your residence between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am except while with his surety.
- Remain in the district of Thunder Bay and/or the district of Kenora.
- Not to contact anyone his mother deems inappropriate.
- Not to possess any weapons.
- Not to possess or consume alcohol or drugs, unless medically prescribed.
- Not to attend anywhere where the principle purpose of which is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages.
- Attend court as required.
- Be amendable to the rules of the residence he is living in.
Yellowhead is scheduled to return to court on January 10th, 2020 and January 13th, 2020. He is facing charges of murder, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.