Monday, February 9, 2009

Ontario police trying to track relatives of alleged assisted suicide woman

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The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition will not comment on this case until there is more information.

The article stated:
THUNDER BAY, Ont. ­ Police were having difficulty Monday finding relatives or friends of a southern Ontario woman they said was the victim of an assisted suicide in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The woman, Yanisa Fonteece, 38, of Waterloo, Ont., was found in a north-end motel room on Friday morning after her husband, Peter Fonteece, 46, called emergency services, police said. "She was located in a motel room and her husband was present," said Chris Adams, a spokesman for the Thunder Bay police service.

"He had actually been the individual who contacted 911 to notify us of the death."

Results of an autopsy done in Toronto over the weekend were not immediately known and further tests would be needed, police added.

Fonteece, who was in custody, faces charges of criminal negligence causing death and assisting a suicide.

He appeared briefly in court on Saturday and was scheduled to appear again on Tuesday.

"There was enough evidence present" to support the charges, Adams said.

Police said they believed the unemployed couple was heading to western Canada in search of work when their car broke down last Monday in Thunder Bay.

They said they had no luck tracking down family or friends of the couple, and were appealing for help from the public.

"We are obviously having a challenge contacting family," Adams said, adding it would be "very useful" for anyone who knew the couple to come forward.

Anyone with information can call Thunder Bay police at 807-684-1200 or contact their local police detachment.

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