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Issues still surround the death of Christina Glidy, as well as many others in Thunder Bay

Police in Thunder Bay interviewed the person who said he was with Christina Gliddy on her last night on Earth.

The man told the police that they both went to the old train bridge that crossed the Thunder Bay River. He said he remembered looking at Orion's belly with her and drinking his mouth and taking a nap.

He told the police he left her there because he wanted to sit on the track for some time, according to police reports from the investigation received by CBC News.

He said he noticed a group of people who came close to her when he left, and that was all he knew.

The Gliddy case is one of the few to be reviewed by the Office of the Director of the Independent Police Review (OIPRD) as police watchers for systematic racism accusations in the way that the Thunder Bay police handles cases of missing persons and death involving indigenous people in the city.

The Thunder Bay Railroad Bridge, near the place where Christina Glidy was found on March 29, 2016. (Karen Pauls / CBC)

The police found Glydy at 8:01 am on March 29, 2016, near death, lying on a black and red-white winter jacket soaked and freezing on the gravel close to the Danger sign to the railway bridge.

The 28-year-old mother from Wunnumin Lake First Nation, The Ojibway, located 360 miles northeast of Sioux Lookout, Ont., Was declared dead at 11:49.

The Thunder Bay police closed the case in September 2016. The coroner concluded that she had died of occasional hypothermia.

The family still has doubts.

"I really did not believe it because it sounds like they rushed into it and shut it up right away," says Glyde's sister Thea Glidy, 36. "There are rumors in Thunder Bay, rumors about killing someone."

2-year OIPRD investigation

Two years after the investigation by a separate police watch, the death of a man named 41-year-old Stacy Dundee, whose body was pulled out of the water on October 19, 2015, just up from where Glydy is.

The Thunder Bay police concluded that he had come across the river and drowned. Police say his death "does not seem suspicious," and think it's "non-criminal" before the autopsy is completed.

A private detective has revealed several possible reasons that Thunder Bay police failed to follow after the case.

Brad De Bungee, Stacey Dundee's brother, filed a complaint with the OIPRD, stating that the police had dismissed too fast a game in the death of Stacy.

His complaint alleges that there is a model of the Thunder Bay police, which declares the deaths of people from the first peoples not suspicious within hours of the discovery of the body.

"Something else has happened"

Jerry McNeill, Director of OIPRD, said the current investigation includes at least 30 cases dating back to the 1990s, nine of which include missing and killed local women and girls.

CBC News earlier this year learned that the case of Glyddi is part of the OIPRD probe.

Diagram of the place where Christina Glidy of the Thunder Bay Police was found. (CBC News)

Thea Gliddy, who lives in Winnipeg, said she hoped the OIPRD report would help bring justice to her sisters' case, which she thinks is misguided by the Thunder Bay police.

She said there are still questions about the bruise on her sister's body and why she was found in her socks.

"Her things are scattered – it does not make sense to me," said Thea Gliddy. "I believe something more happened.

The police found an unopened box of ginger herb of President Selection in the left pocket of the winter jacket. In the right pocket was a spoon and a torn and wet piece of paper, a request form for clothing from the local shelter.

One of Gludi's artificial leather boots, the far right one, was found near an empty mouth-water bottle and a white knitted lump with pockets and ears. The other boot was found under the bridge, a few meters away, with black current.

Her two layers of pajama trousers were wet and pulled over her back, under her thighs.

For native people "nothing has changed"

There are many deaths on this river. The river is technically known as Neebing-McIntyre Floodway, a canal designed to protect the Thunder Bay inter-city area from flooding.

It is known locally as a "river of tears".

On November 10, 2009 Kyle Morrisau, 17, from Keewaywin First Nation, was pulled out of the river.

The body of Curran Strang, 18, of the Pikangikum First Nation, was removed from the river on September 22, 2005.

The Thunder Bay Police concluded that both of these deaths were accidental blows.

Cristina Gludi, left and sister Delia Ostamus in an unrecognized photo. (Presented by the Gliddy family)

Both cases were part of a jury's investigations investigating the deaths of the seven youngsters in Thunder Bay. Five of the deaths are the result of drowning in the Thunder Bay waterways.

The investigation raised many questions about how the Thunder Bay police were dealing with the murderous investigations of the youth.

In fact, the Thunder Bay police's actions on the deaths of the indigenous people have been questioned for more than 20 years.

In 1994, a group called the "Mission Committee" compiled a list of "over 30 cases where the Thunder Bay police unjustly treated the Aboriginal peoples, and ignored the investigations into the aboriginal deaths," a Thunder report Bay Post on time.

The head of the Ontario organization, representing local interests throughout the province, called for an investigation into the findings of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ontario's anti-racism secretariat, and the police commissioner.

Philip Edwards, who appeared on Thunder Bay's board of directors as a provincial appointee and involved in drawing up the findings, told CBC News this week that nothing came of him.

"For ordinary indigenous people, nothing has changed, in many ways it has worsened," he said.

The thundering police in Thunder Bay, investigating Glydy's death, never tracked down whether there was any truth in the man's statement about the group of people who had approached her when he left.

"I have a feeling that there is something wrong," said Tea Glidy. "I still fight this day, I promised her when I was in jail, I promised her to know what happened to her."

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