Regina Forensic Identification and Major Crimes Unit are investigating the city’s latest death.

Regina police responded to a report of a deceased male in the 1800 block of St. John Street, at approximately 11:20 p.m., on November 7.

Police and paramedics arrived to find the deceased man. Police secured the scene and requested additional resources including the Coroner, Forensic Identification and Major Crimes. 

The victim’s identity will not be released pending further investigation. Anyone who has information to offer is encouraged to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500.

The 2019 Regina Homicide List is available here.

Regina police declare that missing person, Jenaya Wapemoose, was the victim of a homicide

Police said Jenaya Mary  Wapemoose, 22, was last seen March 27, 2019, in Regina and her last social media post was on April 7th, 2019. Family members reported Wapemoose missing on May 7th, 2019.

Police followed up on possible sightings and re-checking addresses she might typically visit to no avail. On October 26th, 2019, human remains were discovered in an area northeast of Regina. Police said though the identity of the remains has not been confirmed they are working with the help of the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service, and the Regina Police Service Forensic Identification Unit.

Police have arrested Eric Lee Alvin Kakakaway, 25, on October 28th and charged him with second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a human body. Jeannette Mavis Kakakaway, 30, was also arrested and charged with accessory to murder after the fact.

The 2019 Regina Homicide Victim List is available here.

Ryan John Gatzke death in Battleford is being investigated as a homicide

Battlefords RCMP received a report of a male injured in a residence on the 100 block of 26th Street West on October 18th at approximately 1:30am.

Police arrived to find Ryan John Gatzke, 27, suffering from serious injuries. Gatzke was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Initially, police said the death was considered suspicious, however based on the information gathered through the investigation, Saskatchewan RCMP can confirm Ryan John Gatzke was the victim of a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Battlefords RCMP at 306-446-1720 or to contact Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

19-year-old stabbed to death in Prince Albert

Prince Albert Police responded to a report of an assault in the area around 12th Street and Fourth Avenue on August 28th at approximately 4:00am.

Police and paramedics located a 19-year-old male suffering from several stab wounds. The victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. 

Police located several witnesses and took a 19-year-old man into custody in relation to this incident. The Suspect is facing a second degree murder charge. 

Anyone who was in the area early Wednesday, or who may have witnessed this incident, is urged to contact police at 306-953-4222

Canadian Major City Statistics are available here

Update: BC RCMP asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, both suspects connected to Northern BC homicide investigations.

Police had been focussing on locating Kam and Bryer when their vehicle had been located on fire and the two were missing. RCMP have since released that Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are no longer consider missing. McLeod and Schmegelsky are being treated as suspects in the Dease Lake murder of Leonard Dyck, who was discovered deceased about 2 kilometres south of their vehicle fire and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.

Police said the pair were spotted in northern Saskatchewan driving a grey 2011 Toyota Rav 4. Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky should be considered dangerous. If you see either suspect do not approach – and call 911 immediately.  

Kam McLeod is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Dark brown hair and facial hair
  • Brown eyes

Bryer Schmegelsky is described as:

  • 6 foot 4
  • Approximately 169 pounds
  • Sandy brown hair

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Tipline at 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.

On Monday, July 22, RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the Gillam. Police have now confirmed the vehicle is the same vehicle the suspects were traveling in. Manitoba RCMP has set up a check-stop at the intersection of PR 280 and PR 290, the road leading into Gillam.

Update July 27th
RCMP have started to canvass every home and building in the Gillam area as well as Fox Lake Cree Nation. The canvass began earlier this morning and is expected to last for another 48 hours.

Update August 2nd,
Items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River. The discovery of the items allowed police to narrow down the search.

Update August 7th
On Aug 7th at approximately 10:00 am, RCMP located two male bodies in the dense brush, approximately 1 km from where the items were found. An autopsy will be performed in Winnipeg to confirm the identities and to determine the cause of death. Police said, “We are confident that these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia.”

Update
An autopsy was completed in Manitoba and RCMP confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire. Police believe McLeod and Schmegelsky were dead for a number of days before being found. Two guns were located with the two deceased, and forensic analysis is underway in order to confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern BC homicide investigations.

2 More arrests made – Saskatchewan RCMP investigating the disappearance of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere as a homicide

According to RCMP Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere was attending a funeral for Tristen Cook-Buckle in North Battleford and Thunderchild First Nation areas on April 27, 2019. After the funeral, Laverdiere expressed a desire to return to Edmonton, Alberta.

RCMP said Tiki was last seen in North Battleford on May 1, and the last contact she had with any family was through text message, on May 1. The Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crime Unit North, North Battleford, and Prince Albert Forensic Identification Sections and an Analyst from the RCMP Forensic Laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta, said that Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere’s disappearance is the result of foul play and, as such, it is now being investigated as a homicide.

Police have issued search warrants and continue to investigate. Anyone with information relating to the homicide of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere is asked to contact Battlefords RCMP at 306-446-1720.

Update July 18th.
An autopsy conducted on July 16th confirmed that the human remains found outside of North Battleford, are those of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

Update August 2nd.
On July 28th Edmonton police arrested Jesse Sangster 23, who is facing charges of accessory after the fact to murder, and theft of a motor vehicle, in relation to the death of Laverdiere.

on July 31st Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit arrested Nicole Cook, 36. Cook is facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body, and theft of a motor vehicle, in relation to the death of Laverdiere. Nicole Cook is the mother of Tristen Cook-Buckle.

Canadian Major City Statistics are available here

Remains believed to be of missing man Colin Focht, found in Yorkton.

Yorkton RCMP said Colin Robert Focht, 25, was last heard from on September 1st,2018, via a text message that he was planning attend a local restaurant.

On April 4th 2019, human remains believed to be Colin Focht, were discovered in a rural area outside of Yorkton. Police said a forensic autopsy has been scheduled to confim identity and cause of death.

Taiya Alice Hudy, 19, was arrested and charged with second degree murder in relation to the death of Focht.

Canadian major city homicide Statistics are available here.

2 year old dead in Prince Albert’s third homicide of 2019

Prince Albert Police and Paramedics responded to a call of a unconscious 2-year-old at a downtown apartment building on March 20th at approximately 12:00pm.

The two year old was rushed to the Victoria Hospital and later died. The toddlers identity and cause of death have not been released. An autopsy was conducted on March 21st, 2019, and it is now considered a Homicide.

Two men charged in the Pelican Narrows Homicide of David Charles

Pelican Narrows RCMP received a 911 call of an alleged shooting on Linklater Street in Pelican Narrows on March 10th at 10:16pm. Shortly after the initial call police were notified that David Jordan Charles  had been dropped off at the medical clinic and had died of his injury.

Police said the investigation lead to arrest of George Samuel Custer , and
Gregory George Custer. Both men have been charged with second degree murder.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the RCMP in Pelican Narrows at 306-632-3300   

Police investigating the first homicide of 2019 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan

Prince Albert Police said a 27-year-old man died of injuries in a Saskatoon hospital after being assaulted in an alley of the 200 block of 12th Street East, on February 9th.

Police have not released the victim’s identity or cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince Albert police at 306-953-4222.