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RCMP charge two more in ‘horrendous, vile and senseless’ Portage homicide tied to Winnipeg arson

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Manitoba RCMP announced during a press conference on Tuesday that they have laid further first-degree murder charges against two Winnipeg women in connection with the homicide of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, 27, whose body was found dumped in Portage la Prairie in late June. His death was connected to an arson fire in a Winnipeg home, where investigators believe Reimer-Wiebe was killed before his body was moved to Portage la Prairie. – Aug 11, 2020

Manitoba RCMP have laid further first-degree murder charges against two Winnipeg women in connection with the homicide of a man whose body was found dumped in Portage la Prairie in late June.

RCMP had already charged two men with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, 27, whose body was found on Baker Street in Portage la Prairie on June 24.

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On Tuesday police said 26-year-old Bobbi Hall and 24-year-old Chelsea O’Hanley are each charged with first-degree murder, forcible confinement and indignity to a dead human body in connection to Reimer-Wiebe’s death.

Kyle Evan Sinkovits, 29, and Jonathan Bradley Narvey, 25, have previously been charged with first-degree murder, forcible confinement and indignity to a dead human body in the case.

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“This was a horrendous, vile and senseless crime,” said Supt. Michael Koppang, the officer in charge of Manitoba RCMP’s major crime services.

“It is my sincere hope that the first degree murder charges against these four individuals bring some closure to Gerhard’s young family, his relatives and friends and the community.”

Reimer-Wiebe was from Steinbach but police have said the father of three had been living in Winnipeg when he was killed.

Investigators have also said they believed his death is connected to an arson fire that destroyed a home at 381 Alfred Ave. in Winnipeg June 20.

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The home was demolished following the fire, but RCMP investigators spent days digging through the debris at the site starting July 21, telling media they were looking for evidence leftover in the rubble.

On Tuesday police for the first time said investigators believe Reimer-Wiebe was killed in the Alfred Avenue home in Winnipeg before his body was moved to Portage la Prairie.

Koppang wouldn’t say what motivated the killing, how Reimer-Wiebe was killed, or how investigators believe he came into contact with the suspects.

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Koppang also said the four people now charged are the same people who were captured on surveillance footage at a Portage la Prairie convenience store getting drinks and food in the early-morning hours of June 20.

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Police had released the footage publicly earlier in the investigation, asking for the public’s help identifying the people seen in the video.

Koppang thanked the media and the public for help in the case Tuesday, adding investigators received hundreds of tips from the public.

“This was an extensive investigation, but also relied heavily on the public and media for assistance,” he said.

“On behalf of the entire investigative team, I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the media and every single person who took the time to seek justice for Gerhard.”

Police announced the first arrests in the case July 31, and at the time said they expected to release further information in the coming weeks, telling media their investigation was still active and officers were continuing to examine debris found at the home.

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On Tuesday police said their excavation at the site of the burned-down home on Alexander Avenue in Winnipeg is complete and debris found at the site continues to be examined at an off-site warehouse.

Koppang said evidence has been found in the debris, and further evidence is expected to be found.

The investigation is ongoing but Koppang said no further arrests are anticipated.

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