UPDATE: Suspect questioned, released in North River stabbing death

Published on July 3, 2014
A police car blocks off part of North River Road June 29, in front of a home where a man was killed only hours before.
Photo by Melissa Jenkins

A suspect who was in custody and expected to appear in provincial court in Harbour Grace today has been released, as an investigation continues into the stabbing death of Dale Porter in North River early Sunday morning.

An RCMP release says Porter's death has become a formal homicide investiagtion, but few other details were made public. Although it repeats assurances that the public is not at risk, the release says no other details of the investigation will be made public.

RCMP did say a post mortum had been performed, but those findings will also remain unavailable for the time being.

Residents of North River say the quiet town was rattled by the sounds of emergency sirens and police vehicles speeding to Porter's house on North River Road, near the intersection with Efford's Lane, about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Porter was discovered with serious injuries when responders arrived, and later died.

Originally from Port de Grave, Porter was in his early 40s and the father of two school-aged children — a boy and a girl.

Sources say Porter had arrived home in a taxicab from the Coach House nightclub in nearby Bay Roberts.

Porter's death has rocked the entire Conception Bay North region.