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Homicide investigation underway after body found in wooded area


The body of a 40-year-old woman was found in a wooded area in the Donovan area of Greater Sudbury on Wednesday, police say.

Officers were called to the scene west of McNeill Boulevard and north of the railway tracks, near Ethelbert Street, just before 2:40 p.m. Nov. 8, Greater Sudbury Police Service said in a news release Thursday morning.

Sudbury police cruiser near trail in Donovan area the day after a woman's body was found. Nov. 9/23 (Amanda Hicks/CTV Northern Ontario)

The body was found by a community member and was confirmed deceased by first responders.

"This is being treated as a homicide investigation and detectives from the major crime section of our criminal investigation division are investigating the incident," police said.

An autopsy will take place Thursday to determine the cause of death.

"Her name will not be released at this time," police said.

Anyone with information that could help the case is asked to call police at 705-675-9171 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477. will continue to follow the story and provide updates as information becomes available. 

Sudbury police on McNeill Boulevard in the Donovan the day after a woman's body was found in a nearby wooded area. Nov. 9/23 (Amanda Hicks/CTV Northern Ontario)


The body was found a day after Sudbury police put out a community safety alert about an "armed and dangerous" man wanted for murder in Niagara Falls

'Armed and dangerous' man wanted for murder in Niagara Falls was last seen in Sudbury on Nov. 4. (Niagara Regional Police Service)

David Brown, 46, is "known to live a transient lifestyle and is resourceful in the wilderness, living off the land," Niagara Regoinal Police Service said in a news release Monday.

He is wanted for the murder of Tenille Olivia King (Lepp), 43, and was last seen in the Greater Sudbury area on Nov. 4.

There is no evidence he is connected to the body found in the Donovan, but police said earlier in the week to not to approach him and call 911 right away.

Brown is described as a five-foot-11 inches tall white male with blue/hazel eyes and tattoos on his left arm of tribal design, mermaid and a flame arm band on his upper arm

The wanted man was last seen wearing brown construction overalls, a black sweater with 'buffalo plaid,' black rubber boots and carrying a brown military-style backpack.

A month ago in the same wooded area, Sudbury fire crews were called to the scene of an explosion at an encampment. No indication the two incidents are related.

Aftermath of an explosion and fire at an encampment off McNeill Blvd. in the Donovan area of Greater Sudbury. Oct. 5/23 (Ian Campbell/CTV Northern Ontario) Top Stories

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