2 women among 4 charged in ‘horrendous, vile’ homicide of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, RCMP say

By | August 11, 2020

Two women have been arrested and charged in the death of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, a 27-year-old father whose remains were found in Portage la Prairie nearly two months ago.

Bobbi Lynn Hall, 26, and Chelsea O’Hanley, 24, both of Winnipeg, are charged with first-degree murder, 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.

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.

RCMP investigated what remained of this house that burned down on Alfred Avenue between Salter and Aikins streets. (Rachel Bergen/CBC)

RCMP said Tuesday they finished their investigation of the rubble at that site. Evidence was recovered from the debris, Koppang said.

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. 

RCMP also previously released pictures of people of interest they believed could have information about the death. They were inundated with more than 250 tips in two days.

Investigators believe his 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.

All four charged in the case remain in custody.

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