Update: Kenneth Courtorielle convicted of the 2020 killing of girlfriend Billie Johnson

The Edmonton 2020 Homicide Victim List is available here.

Billie Wynell Johnson, 30, was last seen in the area of 113 Street and 107 Avenue on the evening of December 24, 2020, and was reported missing on December 28th.

Edmonton police arrested Kenneth Courtorielle, 35, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in St. Albert, and charged him with the second-degree murder of Billie Johnson. Police said Courtorielle and Johnson were known to each other.

S/Sgt Colin Leathem, EPS Homicide Section said: “Following an extensive investigation, Homicide Section has compiled overwhelming evidence based on forensics, witness interviews, and information about Billie herself – including how engaged and connected to others she was, and how very out of character her disappearance was – to conclude that she is, unfortunately, deceased and that Kenneth Courtorielle is responsible for her death.”

Homicide Section continues to search for Johnson’s body, and is asking rural landowners in the areas surrounding Edmonton to check their properties. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 780-423-4567.

On September 25th Court of King’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier issued a decision finding Kenneth Courtorielle, 37, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Johnson. According to The National Post, Hillier found there was overwhelming evidence Courtorielle struck Johnson in the face, dumped her body, and took steps to hide evidence and lie to police. A University of Alberta forensic anthropologist, Pamela Mayne Correia, a University of Alberta forensic anthropologist said Johnson’s skull had a nasal fracture consistent with a blow to the face.