(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday, the Thunder Bay Police Service announced that investigating officers had developed some new leads that has resulted in two males being arrested in connection with the first-degree murder of William Wapoose.
One of the suspects was a youth at the time of the incident and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Appearing in the Thunder Bay Courthouse this morning via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (A.K.A. Hotel Balmoral) is 23-year-old Jonathon Edward Massicotte (pictured). Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard was presiding along with Crown Attorney Sarah Munch, duty counsel is also present to assist. Massicotte is facing the following criminal charges:
- First-Degree Murder
- Uttering Threats to Cause Death
The second suspect Z.L., who was a youth (17 at the time of the offence, 22 years old now) during the time of the alleged offence, who legally cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act was charged with;
- First-Degree Murder
Justice of the Peace’s cannot preside over bail matters when a murder charge is present. Both suspects were remanded into custody until Monday. They are both escorted back to their rooms at Hotel Balmoral where they await prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. Algoma Bed & Breakfast), where they will wait in custody for their next court appearance.
On September 3rd, 2014 at about 7:30am a concerned citizen was taking a stroll along the bike path located on the south end of Chapples Park. They discovered the body of William Wapoose who was 32-year-old at the time of the incident.
Upon the discovery of Wapoose’s body, police believed that foul play was highly likely. 2 years later, in 2016, police offered a $50,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Wapoose.
Thunder Bay Police Service investigators continued to work hard and relentlessly on this case, seeking information from the public and never giving up on the case. It is believed that the investigators determination to solve this case was a contributing factor in the arrests that were made yesterday.
Police are expected to release further details on the case later on.