Two Winnipeg males face first diploma homicide expenses after being arrested this week by the RCMP following the invention of the physique of a murder sufferer in Portage la Prairie in late June.
On Wednesday, June 24, RCMP officers had been known as to a report of discovered human stays in Portage la Prairie. Investigators with Main Crime Providers and Forensic Identification Providers attended the scene and labored with the Medical Examiner’s Workplace to find out that the reason for demise was a murder. Final month, the physique was recognized as 27-year-old Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, who was initially from Steinbach however was dwelling in Winnipeg on the time and was identified to frequent homeless shelters throughout the metropolis.
RCMP mentioned investigators have accomplished in depth work on this investigation, have acquired over 250 ideas from the general public, and are within the means of analyzing particles from a location of curiosity on Alfred Avenue in Winnipeg.
Final month, RCMP took the uncommon step of holding a press convention as officers and investigators started the method of sifting via the stays of the residence in Alfred which police consider was intentionally set on hearth on June 20, and was subsequently demolished for security causes.
Police consider the arson is linked to the homicide and that the house contained bodily proof associated to the investigation. As properly, Main Crime Providers investigators in addition to officers from Portage la Prairie and Steinbach RCMP detachments went door-to-door, talking with residents requesting details about the arson, the murder and the sufferer.
“For the reason that discovery of the sufferer’s physique on June 24, Main Crime Providers have been working continuous to resolve this case” mentioned Supt. Michael Koppang, Officer in Cost of Main Crime Providers for the Manitoba RCMP, on the press convention as officers and investigators labored within the background. “I can let you know with confidence that it’s progressing quickly and as we speak is one other vital step in direction of discovering the reality of what occurred to Gerhard.”
On the time, RCMP requested anybody with details about the sufferer or his actions between My 15 and June 20 to name the Main Crimes Unit tip line at 431-489-8551.
This week, RCMP arrested a 29-year-old and a 25-year-old and each have been charged with first diploma homicide, forcible confinement and indignity to a useless human physique. Each had been remanded into custody and are scheduled to seem in Winnipeg Provincial Courtroom.
The investigation remains to be energetic and ongoing, RCMP mentioned. Additional data is predicted to be launched within the coming weeks.