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Woman facing second- degree murder

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A Fort Frances resident has been charged following a death investigation at a medical facility in Fort Frances.

The investigation began on Jan. 14, 2015, when the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information from La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances regarding a suspicious death along with a theft.

As a result of a lengthy investigation, members of the Rainy River District OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Kevin Veillieux of the Criminal Investigation Branch, have arrested and charged Lindsey Coyle, 34, of Fort Frances with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Second-degree murder;
  • Criminal negligence causing death;
  • Theft;
  • Breach of trust; and
  • Utter forged documents.

The investigation stems from her employment as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances along with a subsequent review of the death of Hermina Fletcher by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario (OCCO).

The accused will be held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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