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Police identify suspect in Sault Ontario homicide investigation

The suspect has not been arrested, and police are not releasing the person's identity yet 'as the investigation is ongoing and evidence is still being collected'

Detectives have identified a suspect in the killing of 22-year-old Taylor Marshall of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. — but an arrest has not been made, and Sault Police are not yet sharing the person’s identity.

Marshall was found dead Thursday afternoon in a multi-unit residential building on John Street, near Cathcart Street. On Saturday, police confirmed that the young woman was the victim of a homicide.

“The identity of the suspect is not being shared currently as the investigation is ongoing and evidence is still being collected,” says a news release issued today by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. “It is imperative not only to make an arrest for this crime, but also to secure a conviction and ensure justice for the victim and the community is served."

Police say they do not believe the suspect “poses a risk to the community.”

“Officers did conduct a thorough search of the area of the crime scene, but community members can still support this investigation,” the news release continues. “Please check your yards, property, garbage bins before they are collected, etc. for anything that seems out of the ordinary.”

Anyone who may have a dashcam, doorbell camera or surveillance video — or who may have been in the area on Sept. 7, 2023, before or around 5 p.m. — is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Alison Campbell at 705-949-6300, ext. 288.

Members of the public can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477. People can click here to submit a web tip or download the P3 app. 

A GoFundMe crowdfunding page has been set up by a member of Marshall's family to help cover funeral expenses and allow the family to grieve.

"We have decided to create this page as a way to subsidize costs and allow peace of mind for her family while they try to navigate this tragedy," said organizer Kristy Delavalle, in the write-up for the page.

"Taylor was loved by all, her smile was contagious and her personality always shined through in her acts of kindness towards her family and those she loved," she added. "Taylor was incredibly outgoing and had an amazing sense of humor."

SooToday will provide more information as it becomes available.