Media Conference held on Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 4 p.m. at North Bay Police Service Headquarters, Lower Lecture Room, 135 Princess Street West
Speaking notes delivered by Detective Sergeant Dan Webber
Following an investigation into the sudden death of Shannon Simone Kochie, age 39, of North Bay, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday, North Bay Police have arrested and charged Ryan Michael Neil, age 38, of 145 Duke Street West, North Bay, with one count of second degree murder, one count of arson endangering life, and one count of uttering a threat to cause death.
The victim and the accused have been in a short-term relationship.
On Monday December 14th, the victim was expected at a family get-together.
After attempts to reach her by telephone were unsuccessful, two family members went to the accused’s residence shortly after 4 p.m. to check on the victim’s well-being.
When the two family members announced their presence through the accused’s apartment door, the victim screamed for help. One of the two immediately called 911. The accused then threatened one of the family members through the apartment door.
On arrival, North Bay Police officers could smell something burning within the residence. The door to the residence was breached and officers observed that a fire had been set on top of the kitchen stove. The fire was extinguished by an officer.
Police then located the accused in an en suite bathroom off the bedroom where he had barricaded himself. Attempts were made to negotiate with the accused to exit however he refused. Police then breached the bathroom door and the accused surrendered. The accused was arrested for assault and removed from the residence.
The victim was located on the floor in the bedroom. Paramedics also attended and they reported to police that the victim had met their criteria for obvious death.
The Coroner attended the scene yesterday and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim’s body was transported to Sudbury last night for a post mortem examination which was conducted today.
It is believed the victim succumbed to her injuries as a result of being subject to numerous stab wounds.
As there were occupants in other dwelling units at the time the fire was set, the Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to assist in gathering evidence at the residence.
The accused has been remanded to the North Bay District Jail awaiting his first appearance court date, which is scheduled for Tuesday December 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
Domestic violence remains a serious concern for us.
As many of you gathered here today know, the North Bay Police Service responds to three to four domestic-related calls per day.
While today’s announcement is clearly one of the worst case scenarios, we remind the public that domestic violence comes in all forms, from criminal harassment, threats, and mischief to physical, sexual and emotional abuse and more.
Events like these can sometimes cause victims in domestic violence situations to take action. We want them to know that help is available to them.
If you are a victim of domestic violence in an emergency situation and require immediate help, call 911.
If you would like to talk to someone about your domestic situation but do not feel ready to talk to police, Victim Services of Nipissing District can provide you with emotional and practical support. Please call 705-472-2649 or visit victimservicesnipissing.com for more information.
A short time ago D/Cst. Long, our primary investigator, and me met with the family. At their request they have asked for time to grieve and do not wish to be contacted. This is a very tragic and difficult time for the family and our thoughts are with them.