OPP charge 4 with 1st-degree murder in 2019 Thunder Bay-area homicide

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The OPP have charged four people, including two from Thunder Bay, in the 2019 slaying of Samatar Warsame, whose body was found along Highway 527. (Submitted by OPP - image credit)
The OPP have charged four people, including two from Thunder Bay, in the 2019 slaying of Samatar Warsame, whose body was found along Highway 527. (Submitted by OPP - image credit)

Four people, including two from Thunder Bay, have been charged with first-degree murder following a lengthy investigation after a body was found along a northwestern Ontario highway more than three years ago.

The body of 21-year-old Samatar Warsame was found on the shoulder of Highway 527, just north of the junction of highways 11 and 17 in Shuniah, on Jan. 12, 2019.

In a media release issued Friday, Ontario Provincial Police announced that four people had been charged in connection with Warsame's death.

A 25-year-old man from the Greater Toronto Area, a 29-year-old man from Toronto, a 43-year-old man from Thunder Bay and a 33-year-old woman from Thunder Bay are all facing charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, police said.

All four remain in custody pending a future court appearance.

Police said the accused and victim "had a common interest." No further details have been provided.

The investigation is ongoing, the OPP added, and asked anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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