Four people have now been charged in connection with the death of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, RCMP say, after the group was caught on tape “casually getting some food” at a convenience store on the same day they’re accused of killing him and leaving his body in Portage la Prairie.
Bobbi Lynn Hall, 26, and Chelsea O’Hanley, 24, both of Winnipeg, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Reimer-Wiebe, a 27-year-old father of three, RCMP said Tuesday. They were arrested Aug. 5 and 6, respectively.
Kyle Evan Sinkovits, 29, and Jonathan Bradley Narvey, 25, both from Winnipeg, were already charged with first-degree murder at the end of July.
All four were also charged with forcible confinement and indignity to a dead human body.
“This was a horrendous, vile and senseless crime,” RCMP Supt. Michael Koppang, head of major crimes, said Tuesday, adding he hopes the first-degree murder charges bring some closure to the family.
He wouldn’t say what the relationship was between the accused and Reimer-Wiebe or anything about a motive. Koppang did say the charge for indignity to a dead human body is not common.
The remains of Reimer-Wiebe were found June 24 on Baker Street in the Manitoba city, about 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg. But four days earlier, there was a fire at an address in Winnipeg’s North End that later became part of the investigation.
Koppang said RCMP believe he was killed at that home, on Alfred Avenue, and transported to Portage la Prairie.
The home on Alfred, between Salter and Aikins streets, was torn down after the fire for safety reasons. RCMP said last month they believe the fire was the result of arson and they were confident there was evidence in the wreckage that could help with the investigation.
No one has been charged in connection with the suspected arson.
RCMP said Tuesday they finished their investigation of the rubble at that site. Evidence was recovered from the debris, Koppang said.
Investigators believe Reimer-Wiebe’s body was placed on Baker Street sometime early in the morning on June 20, the same day as the North End house fire and four days before he was found dead.
Investigators previously released pictures of four people of interest captured on surveillance footage in a Portage la Prairie convenience store the morning of June 20. RCMP were inundated with more than 250 tips in two days.
Koppang confirmed the people in the photos are the four who have been charged.
Reimer-Wiebe was originally from Bolivia. The father of three moved to Steinbach, Man., and was living in Winnipeg before his death.
Investigators learned he had regularly stayed at homeless shelters in Winnipeg.
Police weren’t immediately able to identify his body when it was found in Portage la Prairie. Calls to the public for tips eventually helped RCMP determine it was Reimer-Wiebe.
All four accused have already had days in court, and they remain in custody.
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