Steinbach RCMP received a call indicating that a homicide had occurred on August 27th at 1:40pm.
Police arrived at the residence on Creekside Drive to find that the suspect had fled the scene. Further investigation led officers to determine that the deceased victim was in the fleeing suspect’s vehicle.
Officers from multiple detachments, including Steinbach, Stonewall, Sprague and Headingley as well as officers from Traffic Services began an intensive search and located the vehicle near La Broquerie and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 52.
RCMP said during the arrest, the suspect’s vehicle caught on fire. After the fire was extinguished the victim’s body was not located. investigations led officers to a remote quad trail in a rural area south of the community of Woodbridge, where the body of a 20-year-old female was located.
On August 28, Josh Benoit, a 20-year-old male from Winnipeg was charged with First Degree Murder. Police said the victim and accused were known to each other.