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First Degree Murder charge laid in Dolphin Motel death

The victim is identified as Martin George Ellam, 57, of North Bay

Editor's note: BayToday has investigated and found there is no publication ban on the person charged in this case or the victim. 

We, therefore, are restoring the names of both and moving the story up on our page.


North Bay Police have charged a 53-year-old man with first-degree murder after a victim was found dead in a room at the Dolphin Motel on Lakeshore Drive yesterday (Wednesday)

David Oliver of North Bay, faces the murder charge as well as uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. An investigation led by the North Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Section resulted in his arrest at 3 a.m. Thursday at a trailer parked in the driveway at a house on Sherbrooke Street.

The victim is identified as Martin George Ellam, 57, of North Bay, a graduate of Chippewa and Canadore and originally from Garson.

Police say the two knew each other.

Oliver is being held in custody pending a bail hearing at the North Bay Courthouse.

See: Police make arrest in Dolphin murder case

And: Arrest made in Dolphin Motel investigation?

And: Cops mum on Dolphin Motel investigation

On May 24, North Bay Police, Fire and Emergency Services, and Paramedic Services responded to a report of an individual in need of medical assistance at the motel.

"Upon arrival, first responders located the victim deceased within a unit at the location. The death was determined to be suspicious in nature," says a police news release.

Jeff Turl

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