Woman arrested in historical homicide released without charges

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Victim’s sister speaks about murder nearly a decade ago
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A woman arrested Wednesday in connection with the 2007 death of Charlene Ward has been released without charges.

On Wednesday, Mounties announced they had arrested a 30-year-old woman in MacGregor, Manitoba in connection with the Nov. 1, 2007 killing of 46-year-old Charlene Ward.

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Thursday morning RCMP said that individual had been released and no charges laid.

“We want closure of course. At the same time it’s kind of sad because the person that was arrested happened to be my niece, which was pretty hard to handle as anyone could imagine,” Ward’s sister, Donna Wettlaufer told Global News Thursday. “Yeah, it’s been a tough night. Tough yesterday. Tough night.”

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In an email statement RCMP said, “This is still very much an ongoing investigation, so we won’t discuss who is and is not a suspect. We are still asking that anyone with information contact police.”

“All we can do is wait. Hopefully they get some answers quickly,” Wettlaufer said. “It’s all just uncertainty and stuff so I don’t know, it’s confusing. It will be confusing for a little bit longer I guess.”

Ward was found dead in her home on 5th Avenue NE after going out with friends to a local bar, the Cat & Fiddle Nite Club, the night before.

Charlene Ward was out with friends at Cat & Fiddle Nite Club the night before her body was found. Zahra Premji / Global News

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP tip line at 204-984-6447 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


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