FORT FRANCES - A Fort Frances woman and registered practical nurse has been charged with second-degree murder following an investigation into the death of a patient at a local hospital dating back to 2015.
According to an Ontario Provincial Police media release issued on Tuesday, an investigation was launched in January 2015 after the Rainy River District OPP received information regarding the suspicious death of Hermina Fletcher as well as a theft from La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
The investigation was launched following a review of Fletcher’s death by the office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.
As a result of an investigation by the Rainy River District OPP Crime Unit and the Criminal Investigation Branch, 34-year-old Lindsey Coyle of Fort Frances was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, theft, breach of trust, and uttering forged documents.
The investigation stems from Coyle's employment as a registered practical nurse at La Verendrye Hospital. She remains in custody pending a bail hearing.