Canadian Man Peter Fonteece Charged With Assisted Suicide in Killing of Wife
by Steven Ertelt
February 10, 2009
Thunder Bay, Canada (LifeNews.com) — A Canadian man faces charges of criminal negligence causing death and assisting a suicide in the death of his wife. Peter Fonteece, 46, reportedly helped his wife kill herself in a northern Ontario city motel room and he will make a court appearance Tuesday.
According to police reports, Fonteece called 911 from his hotel room last Friday morning about his wife Yanisa Fonteece, 38.
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.
Paramedics found her in bed and didn’t attempt to resuscitate her saying she had been dead for some time when they arrived. There was no indication that Yanisa suffered from any disease or condition and an autopsy was conducted on Saturday.
Toxicology tests have also been ordered but it could take weeks to get the results.
Police said the couple were traveling to British Columbia after they both lost their jobs and were seeking to restart their lives on the other side of the country.
Officials are having difficulty finding relatives or friends of the Yanisa.
Fonteece, who was placed in custody following his wife’s death, 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.
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