Highlights of 2019 – Homicide Investigations have no boundaries
2020-01-12 09:30 PST
The police officers and employees of the BC RCMP are committed to support safe communities throughout the province. Homicides are the most tragic of crimes, leading investigators through lengthy, complex investigations. Many of the homicide investigations from 2019 spanned cities, provinces, and even decades, however, a number of arrests were made and charges laid against those criminals who committed acts of murder.
Here are some of the notable homicide investigations from 2019:
From the time we first received the call about the suspicious deaths of two individuals south of Liard River Hot Springs on July 15 to the day we located the two deceased suspects almost 3,000 kilometers away in Manitoba 23 days later, significant work was done to answer the many questions that we the police, the families of the deceased, and many members of the public had.
Five suspects have been arrested and charged in the 2018 homicide of Troy Gold in an investigation led by the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit. Troy Gold was reported missing to the RCMP on October 3, 2018. Early on, Gold was characterized as a high risk missing person because of his affiliation with organized crime. As the investigation progressed and new information was received, criminality in his death was confirmed.
On June 19, 2000, a family member reported Angel Fehr missing to the Kamloops RCMP. Angel had last been seen on April 23, 2000 when she had Easter dinner with her family, including her two daughters, in Abbotsford. After dinner, a pregnant Angel left with her boyfriend, Trent Larsen, to drive back to their home in Kamloops. Angel has not been seen since. A 52-year-old Chasm man has been arrested and formally charged in the death of a Kamloops woman which occurred in 2000.
On August 22, 2018 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the body of 28-year-old Belgian tourist Amelie Sakkalis was found near Highway 1 north of Boston Bar. Her death was deemed a homicide. Less than a month after IHIT took conduct of the investigation, 27-year-old Sean McKenzie was arrested and charged in connection with Amelie’s death. On September 23, 2019, Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder.
The RCMP North District Major Crime Unit and Williams Lake RCMP carried out the arrest of a 29-year-old Clinton man who now faces murder charges in the 2018 death of Jamie Sellars Baldwin. On Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 9:35 p.m., Williams Lake RCMP responded to a residence on Mountain House Road, where upon attendance an adult male was discovered deceased. The man’s death was considered suspicious in nature at that time, which resulted in Williams Lake RCMP seeking the assistance of the RCMP North District Major Crime Unit (MCU). On Friday December 6, 2019 a suspect in the homicide of, 43-year-old Deep Creek resident, Jamie Baldwin was taken into police custody in the Clinton area without incident. Wyatt Lee Boffa has now been formally charged, by the BC Prosecution Service, with first degree murder. He remains in police custody at this time.
Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit announces charges in historic BC homicide. One man is in custody and facing murder charges in the 1993 homicide of 23-year-old Vicki Black. Stephen Laroche has been charged with second degree murder in relation to Ms. Black’s death which occurred in Vancouver in March 1993.
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