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Scott Dove homicide still unsolved, 30 years later

Thunder Bay police are ramping up efforts to solve a 30-year-old homicide.

Thunder Bay police asking for those with new information to come forward


Thunder Bay police are ramping up efforts to solve a 30-year-old homicide.

Scott Dove was last seen leaving his Thunder Bay residence on the morning of Oct. 31, 1984. His body was found about a month later. (TBPS)
On the morning of Dec. 1, 1984 the body of Scott Dove was located in a rock quarry off Copenhagen Road.

“Police would like to bring closure to this matter and allow the family to finally know the truth as to what happened to Scott,” the force stated in a press release issued this week.

The release went on to say, “It is important that those responsible for his death are held accountable.”

Thunder Bay Police issued the following details about the case:

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1984 at around 8 a.m., 17-year-old Scott Dove left his home to attend classes at Lakeview High School. Scott was driving a 1966 four door black Pontiac.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, 1984 Scott's father became worried and Scott was reported missing to the Thunder Bay Police.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, acting on information received by a citizen, police located the vehicle driven by Scott on the property of the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital on North Algoma Street. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were missing. Investigators determined that the black Pontiac was in fact on the hospital property on Monday, Nov. 5, 1984.
  • Efforts to locate Scott were unsuccessful and Scott's disappearance was widely publicized by the media.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 1, 1984, a couple located the body of Scott Dove, while walking their dog. He was found off the roadway, about two kilometres north east of Copenhagen Road in an area described as a rock quarry. Teenagers used this area to party. There did not appear to be any real efforts made to conceal his body. 
  • Police investigators believe that Scott was not murdered where his body was found. It appears that the person or persons responsible for Scott's death murdered him somewhere else, transported his body to the Copenhagen Road area and deposited it there. 
  • Scott died as a result on injuries he received during a violent confrontation with one or more persons. It was apparent that Scott defended himself vigorously before succumbing to those injuries.

The Thunder Bay Police Service is hopeful those with new information will contact them at (807) 684-1251 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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