Update: Ryan Howard Manoakeesick charged with 5 counts of First-Degree murder – RCMP Major Crimes investigating 5 deaths in Manitoba

The 2024 Manitoba Homicide Victim List is available here

Carman RCMP responded to a report of a hit and run on Highway 3, on February 11th, at approximately 7:30 am.

On arrival police located a woman deceased in a nearby ditch.

At approximately 10:00am, RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire on Highway 248, in the RM of Cartier. Police said information has revealed the suspect removed the children from the vehicle. All three children were declared deceased at the scene. A 29-year-old male was taken into custody at the scene of the vehicle fire.

RCMP said the investigation continued and led officers to a residence in Carman, where the body of another female was located. Investigators believe that the adult male in custody and all five deceased individuals are known to each other.

The five deaths are all considered suspicious. Information will be updated as information becomes available.

Update The Manitoba RCMP’s Major Crime Services has charged 29-year-old Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, of Carman, with five counts of 1st Degree Murder in relation to the deaths of five individuals who were located deceased on February 11, 2024, in three locations across southern Manitoba.

The deceased woman located on Highway 3, has been identified as Amanda Clearwater, the 30-year-old common-law partner of the accused. The deceased children, located on Highway 248, have been identified as their children; a 6-year-old daughter Bethany, 4-year-old son Jayven, and 2.5-month-old daughter Isabella. The deceased individual located at the residence in Carman, was Amanda’s 17-year-old niece Myah Gratton.

Police said all five victims lived together and were residents of Carman, Manitoba.

A gofundme campaign has been created to help with funeral costs.