Fort Frances youth murdered

OPP have now released the name of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in the early morning hours yesterday.
Nathan Edward Macdonald was found severely wounded at about 3 a.m. yesterday morning in the back yard of 1024 Webster Ave., part of an apartment complex on the corner of Webster and Sixth Street
He was transported to La Verendrye Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After an intense search an OPP K-9 unit helped officers nab a 22-year-old male suspect in front of the Fort Frances Courthouse shortly after 9 a.m.
Before the arrest an intensive search was underway involving OPP officers, the K-9 unit, Emergency Response Team, Northwest Region Crime Unit and U.S. police.
Blockades were put up and motorists stopped as far away as the Highway 11/71 junction on Manitou Reserve.
“They were looking for a murder suspect, they were stopping every car here,” J.D. Junction store owner Debbie Leonard said yesterday.
The suspect is currently being held by the Fort Frances OPP.
Little other information is available as the investigation continues under the direction of Detective D.J. Olinyk of the Northwest Region Crime Unit.
Police would not reveal whether the victim suffered multiple stab wounds but post-mortem examination of the victim’s body was scheduled for this morning at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora.
“Once the post-mortem is done we’ll have a lot more information,” said OPP Cst. Cameron Howard.
A vehicle in the parking lot of Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle on Front Street was also under police surveillance yesterday, but police would not reveal whether it was involved in the incident.
The victim’s next of kin have been found and notified.