File Number: 104200015
Thompson, Manitoba - The murder of Kerrie Ann Brown is one of the most infamous the province of Manitoba has ever seen.
The 15 year old had gone to a party with her friend the night of October 16th, 1986 where she had last been seen.
Kerrie had been waiting outside for her friend who was grabbing something she left in the house. By the time her friend returned, Kerrie was nowhere to be found.
Since then DNA tests in MB point in the direction that two people were involved in Kerrie's disappearance, but regardless of arrests being made after the fact, there was not enough physical evidence to hold anyone accountable.
File Number: 104200059
Thompson, Manitoba - Mellissa Ivy Chaboyer, 35, the mother of a 17-year-old son, drove for North Star Taxi in Thompson. She had worked part-time as a cab driver for about 20 years and worked full time with developmentally challenged adults.
Shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2005 another taxi driver found Ms. Chaboyer's body beside her cab in the City Centre Mall parking lot. An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed to death.
Hundreds of Thompson residents attended a memorial ceremony in the in the parking lot that afternoon and a vigil was held in the evening.
Thompson's three taxi companies (North Star, Driftwood Nickel and Cliff's) shut down from 3 p.m. until 7 the next morning as drivers attended the vigil. Cabs were parked bumper to bumper around the lot so that attendees could warm up after standing in subzero temperatures. Several restaurants donated coffee.
"She was one of the gentlest drivers in the whole industry," said Jas Gills, manager of North Star Taxi. "If someone didn't have the money, she'd smile and say, 'pay later.' She never would have gotten into a dispute with someone."
Cab driving is riskier than police work. In fact, taxi drivers and police have the highest on-the-job risk of murder, according to a Statistics Canada study of occupation-related homicides from 2000 to 2010.
Of the two, the study says, taxi drivers were twice as likely as police officers to be a victim of homicide while working, which drivers say reflects the fact that they are seen as vulnerable targets.
"It's not a good feeling to have a gun to your head," said Santanu, 41, a cab driver who lives in Rogers Park. He said he's been robbed twice while working the night shift since becoming a licensed cab driver in 2000. "It did shake me up quite a lot for a few weeks."
A 2008 University of Illinois at Chicago survey found that 58.7 percent of Chicago cab drivers said they have been threatened, attacked and subjected to hostile racial comments. During physical attacks inside the cabs, guns were the weapons most used against drivers, followed by knives, according to survey results.
The combination of isolation, picking up strangers and carrying cash makes taxi drivers a target for criminals, crime experts said, particularly during the busy hours of 1 a.m., 2 a.m., and 3 a.m.
No charges have been laid in Mellissa's murder, and the case remains unsolved.
File Number: 104200131
On Wednesday, July 27th, 2005, Marcia Koostachin was reported missing to the Shamattawa, Manitoba RCMP Detachment. Three days later Ms. Koostachin was located in the community, deceased. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Any information or tips, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
File Number: 104200095
Winnipeg, Manitoba - Tina Michelle Fontaine, 15, was a First Nations teenage youth who initially went missing multiple times throughout the early month of August 2014, but later found deceased. She was last seen alive accompanying an individual that was solicitating a sex act from her. Fontaine's body was later found at the bottom of the Red River on August 17. Police believe she had died on or around August 10. An autopsy was unable to conclusively determine a cause of death.
The teenager's 2014 death sent shockwaves through the city of Winnipeg and galvanised support for the better protection for indigenous women and girls.
In 2011, when Tina Fontaine was 12, her father was beaten to death; his two assailants were convicted of manslaughter. Fontaine's aunt recalled that her father's violent death deeply affected the girl. "She was very hurt, very lost. That's when she drifted away." Despite being eligible, she did not receive grief counseling following her father's death.
Reports found that she was often unable to access services despite clear indications she needed support.
Manitoba child and youth advocate Daphne Penrose released a long-awaited report into Ms Fontaine's life and how her case had been handled by various provincial agencies.
"Throughout her life, Tina needed an array of services from child and family, education, victim support, law enforcement, health, and mental health systems," Ms Penrose wrote in her 115-page report.
"At times, particularly in the final months of her life, some of these services were unavailable, not easily accessible, or ill-coordinated, which did not provide the supports and interventions she desperately needed."
Ms Penrose's report indicates that Ms Fontaine grew up in stable and loving home on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north-east of Winnipeg, from the age of five, living with her great-aunt.
But following the violent death of her father when she was 12, she began to struggle.
The report found the sadness caused by his sudden death "grew and expanded until it began to manifest in difficulty at school, experimentation with drugs and alcohol, running away, increasing violence, and being sexually exploited by adult men who preyed on her".
But the schoolgirl was never provided with a single counselling session or cultural healing services in the wake of his death, "despite ongoing assessments and recommendations that this was a critical need in her life".
Ms Penrose issued five recommendations to address "a number of gaps across these public systems" highlighted in her report.
Identified early as a suspect, Raymond Joseph Cormier was charged, but in February 2018, a jury acquitted Raymond, who had been charged with second-degree murder in her death.
Under new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015, the government committed to creating an independent national inquiry into the issue of murders and violence against Indigenous women, which was started in 2017.
File Number: 104200128
On Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 Jennifer Leigh Catcheway was last seen at a house party in Dakota Tipi First Nation near Portage la Prairie Manitoba. Catcheway was reported missing when she failed to attend her own 18th birthday party. She was never seen again!
If any one has information about her disappearance, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.
File Number: 104200129
During the early morning hours of April 8th, 2012 30 year old Jeremy Saunders of York Landing, Manitoba was visiting at a residence in Ilford, Manitoba. He left the residence just before 5 AM and was found a short time later by one of the other visitors lying in front of the house suffering from a serious injury. He later succumbed to his injury. The police are treating the incident as a homicide.
If any one has information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.
File Number: 104200123
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba - The RCMP Historical Case Unit, Portage la Prairie RCMP Detachment and Manitoba Crime Stoppers are seeking the public's assistance with solving the following Suspicious Death:
On November 1st, 2007 at 8:45 a.m., Charlene Ward was found dead in her residence by her daughter and granddaughter. A party had transpired at the residence the night before and into the early morning hours, ending at approximately 8:00 a.m. Charlene was 46 years old. The investigation into her death continues, and to date no charges have been laid.
File Number: 104200144
On Thursday, October 17th, 2019, at 5:10 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of a deceased female found at a location near Nelson Road in Thompson, Manitoba. The deceased was identified as Bobbie Lynn Moose from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Her death was determined to be as a result of homicide. Ms. Moose was last seen at Walmart in Thompson on October 1st, 2019. She is described as 29 years old, indigenous, approximately 5' tall, weighing 110lbs and was last seen wearing a plain black winter coat over a grey North Face jacket with red trim and hood, black tights, and black boots.
More than a hundred family, friends and concerned citizens of Thompson gathered on Nelson Road Oct. 23 to remember Bobbie Lynn Lee Moose of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN)
"We want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bobbie," said NCN vice-chief Cheryl Hunter-Moore at the vigil, attended by many friends Moose had come to know from the Thompson Homeless Shelter. "We all know that Bobby was a fearless and courageous woman." Thompson MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) of Manitoba said that statistics show that Moose was more likely to have her life end in violence because she was Indigenous.
"Indigenous women and girls are four times more likely to experience violence in their lifetime and 2.5 times more likely to have their lives cut short due to violence than non-Indigenous women and girls," she said. "I am not prepared to shrug off Bobbie's loss as an unfortunate random event."
"Somebody knows who took Bobbie's life away," said NDP Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP-elect Niki Ashton. "We must make sure that people know they must come forward. We know that silence kills. There must be justice for Bobbie and there must also be a call to end the violence against women, against Indigenous women. As a woman, as a member of this community, what happened to Bobby sent a chill down my spine. This makes people here in Thompson feel unsafe. It shouldn't be like that. I appreciate that there's an investigation going on and we must continue to keep the pressure and ensure that that investigation goes as it should but we know that sometimes these investigations might take too long. The pressure must go on. We demand answers and we demand justice for Bobbie Moose, for her family, for NCN and for Thompson, for all our north." via Thompson Citizen
Anyone with information related to her death or her activities between October 1st and October 17th is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP Detachment at 204-677-6909 or submit an anonymous tip at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).
File Number: 104200138
Thompson, Manitoba - Thompson RCMP is asking for the public's assistance with the on-going investigation into the murder of Jason Nunn.
On Sunday, April 24, 2011, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Nunn was observed leaving the Element Restaurant and Lounge in Thompson. At approximately 6:15 a.m. his body was found in a parking lot behind the Juniper Centre on Nelson Road.
RCMP are asking anyone that may have information about Nunn's movements after leaving this establishment to call the Thompson RCMP at (204) 677-6909 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) OR submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com Text: "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637)."
The Element Restaurant and Lounge is located at 60 Commercial Place. The bar is perhaps best known still to long-time Thompson residents as the Headframe, River Cabaret or Perrie's Cabaret. It was built in 1971.
After being closed for several years, new owners began renovating it in May 2007 and it reopened two years later on May 1, 2009.
Sources: Thompson Citizen
File Number: 104200140
On Thursday August 20, 2009 shortly before 3 pm, the body of 18-year-old, Hillary Angel Wilson of Winnipeg was found at the intersection of Highway 59 and the North Perimeter (101). Her death is considered a homicide.
RCMP Serious Crime Unit and Crime Stoppers are requesting the public's assistance with this investigation. Hillary was last seen at the corner of Selkirk Avenue and McKenzie Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday, August 19th at about 7 pm.
(Photo via CBC) Gwen Wilson, mother of slain teen Hillary Angel Wilson, addressed members of the RCMP at Winnipeg public forum in 2016. » Video
Gwen Wilson holds a banner with photos of her daughter, Hillary Angel Wilson. Wilson was found dead at age 18 just outside Winnipeg in 2009. (Photo: Jaison Empson/CBC)
Friends and family of Hillary Angel Wilson leave items in memorial on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature on August 20, 2013. (Photo: Jordan Pearn/Global News)
File Number: 104200141
On September 17, 2009 at about 7:30 p.m., the Wasagaming RCMP Detachment were dispatched to a complaint of a suspicious death in the "Old Campground" area of Wasagaming. Upon arrival, police found a deceased female. RCMP identified the deceased as 39-year-old Sherri Leigh Green of Brandon, Manitoba.
File Number: 104200150
RCMP continue to look for answers in the murder of 61-year-old Bernard "Bernie" Carlson, which took place just over a decade ago, when he was shot in his own home by an unknown intruder in the middle of the night.
The RCMP's historical case unit says Carlson's murder, which took place in Eastwood area of Thompson around 1 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2007, has haunted investigators.
"Here was a guy, asleep in his home, and seconds later, he was dead," said Sgt. Dan Barnabe, head of the historical case unit in a Nov. 3, 2017 press release. "Investigators at the time did everything they could, and now it sits with my team, who specialize in investigating historical homicides. We need to find out what happened to Mr. Carlson."
Bernard Carlson Carlson and Elva Carlson, his wife of 40 years, had gone to bed Oct. 25, 2007 with their home's front and back doors locked and one light left on. The couple's dog Missy started barking around 1 a.m., awakening them, and Bernard Carlson went to see what was the matter. Suddenly, Elva heard gunshots and footsteps running away and, when she went to the bedroom door, her husband was lying in the hallway, shot. She hid in the bedroom and called police, who arrived to find the front door forcibly opened and Bernie Carlson dead.
"I relive that night over and over," said Elva Carlson. "I want to know who did this. I want to know why they did this. Somebody knows what happened that night, and I beg them to come forward to the police."
Bernard Carlson left behind not only his wife but also two adult sons, one of whom realized a dream of becoming an RCMP officer at the age of 40, a few years after his father's death.
Sean Carlson told the Thompson Citizen in 2016 that he would like answers in his father's killing as well.
"I miss him a lot," Sean Carlson said at that time. "It's never far from my thoughts at all. There isn't a single day that goes by that I don't think about it. I don't let it dominate my thoughts, I don't let it control my life. For the family, for myself as a person, I'd love to see an end to it, to have some amount of closure. Whether or not we get that remains to be seen. I hold a lot of hope and faith that someday someone will be arrested and charged and convicted and I firmly do believe that that day will come but we have to wait and see. If somebody does know something, by all means contact the Thompson RCMP. Let them take a look at it. Maybe it is nothing, maybe it's the golden key that breaks it open."
Anyone with information about the death of Bernard Carlson 13 years ago can call the RCMP historical Crime Unit at 204-983-6880 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
File Number: 104200151
Winnipeg, Manitoba - First, she was gossiping on the phone, likely on a chat line with strangers, her mother recalls.
Then her stepfather watched her climb into a truck and take off into the night.
Within 14 hours, the 16-year-old girl was discovered dead in a Transcona snowbank after freezing to death.
She was bruised and had large amounts of alcohol in her system from an unknown source.
On April 1, 2009, Nicole was found face-down in the snow behind an Enterprise car rental outlet on Regent Avenue. A condom was in her jacket pocket, according to an autopsy report.
She had bruises and cuts on her forehead, nose, wrist and finger. She also had a bruise on the left side of her head.
"How the hell could she get so drunk?" asked Frances Daniels, Nicole's mother.
Daniels said she wants to know who gave her underage daughter alcohol and how she ended up in a parking lot about 1.5 kilometres from where the family lives, like someone "kicked her out of the car after they used her."
Daniels said her daughter spent most of her time by herself listening to music in her room, but she sometimes went on a local chat line to make friends.
"She never went out," she said. "She didn't even go out with the girls to the mall and stuff like that. She was in her room."
Once before, she'd returned home drunk, with her pants unbuttoned, boots slipping off and jacket open.
Nicole had struggled with alcohol and drugs, and had previously attempted suicide, said the autopsy report obtained by the Free Press.
Police told the family officers questioned a man who spent part of the evening with Nicole but he was not criminally charged, Daniels said.
"I'm just wondering how she could get so damned juiced that she would fall, pass out, in behind a car place," Daniels said.
The autopsy report documents 11 cuts and bruises on various parts of Nicole Daniels's body, including her face, arms, wrists, legs and inner thigh. The colour of the bruises ranged from red to purple to yellow or brown.
Daniels's aunt wants to know why no charges were laid in relation to supplying alcohol to a minor. "Where is a 16-year-old going to get alcohol? She didn't have a job," Winning said. "She didn't have that kind of money to put that much alcohol in her system herself; someone supplied her with all that alcohol."
Her mother believes there is someone who knows more about her daughter's death.
"These girls don't do that to themselves, put themselves in a ditch with their face down," she said.
She said police reviewed phone records to find people her daughter spoke to. "They named a number of men, older men, like my age.
"They were in the Transcona area, one was even on Regent, probably married," she said.
Daniels said she believes that man may have taken her daughter to the parking lot to have sex, and then dumped her there.
"There are a bunch of perverts on that chat line that are after young girls, underage girls, especially native girls, is what I think," she said.
"The police investigation and the autopsy into her death was determined to not be a murder. As a result, no charges were laid as there was no evidence of an offence," an email from a Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson stated. "There was no evidence of sexual assault nor supplying liquor to a minor and hence no charges. A thorough investigation was completed."
But Daniels said the task force needs to focus on cases like that of her daughter.
"Look at all these innocent little girls that are dying," she said.
"There's no one accountable for that at all. Drunk enough to go behind a real dark building that you can't even see without a flashlight and then knock herself out, give herself a bump on the head and a bunch of scrapes on her hands and knees?"
The autopsy report said Nicole's blouse was unbuttoned and her jacket was off when she was discovered in the snowbank.
The report attributes this to "paradoxical undressing," where people suffering from hypothermia begin to remove their clothing.
The autopsy report also noted Daniels may have been under the influence of sedatives.
File Number: 104200158
RCMP are seeking information regarding the murder of 56-year-old Bud Paul, who was last seen on August 1, 2020, at the MLCC store in Neepawa, Manitoba.
On August 11, 2020, the body of Paul was discovered near Roseau River First Nation.
Paul was last seen in the company of two individuals and may have traveled with these individuals from Neepawa to Dauphin in his red Chevrolet Trax with Manitoba license plate KHE 314.
RCMP are requesting any information regarding the whereabouts of Paul as well as the two people pictured below between August 1, 2020 and August 11, 2020.
Police are also interested in information anyone may have regarding Paul's vehicle between those dates.
A vehicle was later found destroyed near Polo Park mall in Winnipeg.
Manitoba RCMP said that a burned vehicle found in the 200 block of Queen Street belonged to Bud Paul.
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