APTN National News | June 8, 2017
Thunder Bay police say it is investigating who wrote “I killed those kids’ in black marker on an old train car near the site of where the body of Jethro Anderson was found in 2000.
APTN National News knows this because on Thursday a Thunder Bay detective called APTN reporter Kenneth Jackson, who found the writing and tweeted a picture of it Wednesday evening.
Det. John Read asked Jackson if he could meet with an investigator at police headquarters and give a statement recorded on camera.
Jackson declined saying he had nothing to offer, explaining he saw the writing, took a picture and tweeted it.
“You found information about somebody killing kids. That’s pretty important information don’t you think?” said Read.
When Jackson explained again he had nothing to offer, Read said it’s policy to have people who find information in a potential homicide to give a recorded statement.
“You are potentially a witness to something incredibly important,” said Read.
Jackson explained he didn’t see who wrote it, or when it was written, but did say he never touched the train car so perhaps police could check for fingerprints.
The writing is on an old VIA passenger car next to Kaministiquia River where Anderson, 15, was found. It was still there Thursday afternoon.
His death was the first of seven First Nations youth that were the focus of an inquest that wrapped up last year. The inquest ruled his death as undetermined.
Family said it took Thunder Bay police days to launch an investigation into Anderson’s disappearance back in 2000. Two more First Nation youth were pulled for waterways last month: Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14.
Keeash’s mother said she doesn’t accept that her daughter drowned in the Neebing McIntyre floodway as there was no water where her body was found and is it is full of heavy reads.
Keeash also had markings on her face and hands as reported Tuesday by APTN.
Police said Wednesday they have examined the evidence and don’t suspect foul play but the case remains open.