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by Suzanne Gammon
The West Nipissing Police Service has charged a Sturgeon Falls man with one count of first-degree murder after a grisly discovery in a downtown apartment Nov. 14. Police were responding to a disturbance complaint at 149 William Street around 11:30 pm last Tuesday, when they discovered the victim, a 39-year old woman, who was later pronounced dead at the WN General Hospital. The accused was also found on site.
The deceased has been identified as Tammy Avery, nee Lefebvre of Sturgeon Falls. Charged with her murder is Marc Pierre Gauthier, age 52.
“The investigation to this point indicates that the accused and victim were in a relationship and lived together in the apartment where the incident occurred,” reads a WN Police Service news release issued Nov. 16.
“The investigation is ongoing. The West Nipissing Police Service extends its condolences to Tammy’s family and friends. We are also very appreciative of the assistance from Victim Services of Nipissing District who are working with us to support the family.”
When asked about the continuing investigation, WN Police Chief Chuck Seguin told the Tribune that witnesses were still being interviewed. As for the mental state of the accused or whether he was under the influence, and whether the couple had a history of abuse, he could not provide details. “Anything that could be brought forward as evidence by either the Crown or the Defense (…) can’t be spoken about to media… in order to protect the integrity of the court process,” he noted.
39-year old Tammy (nee Lefebvre) Avery was murdered in a Sturgeon Falls apartment on Nov. 14, leaving family and neighbours in shock and grief. This photo is from the victim’s Facebook profile.