Alleged serial killer responsible for the deaths of indigenous women: police officers

Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth announced that investigators believe a man in custody is a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least 4 Indigenous women (Image: Canadian Press/Shutterstock)

A man arrested for the murder and dismemberment of an Indigenous woman in Canada is now believed to be responsible for the killings of three others, police said.

Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, believe Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, a man already charged with one murder, is a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least three other Indigenous women.

On May 18, Skibicki was arrested and charged with murder after the remains of Rebecca Cantois were found in a trash can outside his home.

Cantois, 24, was a member of the O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation based in the village of Crane River near Lake Manitoba.

Winnipeg Police Inspector Shawn Pike shares photos of a jacket worn by the unidentified fourth victim (Image: Canadian Press/Shutterstock)

Two of the other victims have been identified as Morgan Beatrice Harris, 39, and Marcedes Mayran, 26. They were both Winnipeg residents and members of the Long Plain First Nation.

Harris and Mayran are said to have died on May 1 and May 4, respectively.

A fourth victim was also discovered on May 15. She has not yet been identified, but police said they believe she is also a member of an indigenous group.

Police are asking the public for help with identification and have released photos of a jacket she was wearing when she died.

Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham said the city must do more to “protect the lives of Indigenous women and girls” (Image: Canadian Press/Shutterstock).

The bodies of the other victims have not yet been recovered, but police said they have gathered enough evidence to charge Skibicki with their murders.

The investigators do not rule out that there could be other victims.

Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth called the killings “troubling”.

“I don’t know if they were targeted, but clearly the victims are all indigenous women,” he said.

“As a city, we must all mourn their loss and recognize that we still need to do much more to protect the lives of Indigenous women and girls,” said Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham.

“There is anger, desperation, disgust and unspeakable sadness when I think of these women’s families and the ongoing violence against our women,” said Nahanni Fontaine, a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Twitter.

Fontaine also said she was able to speak to the family of one of the victims, Morgan Harris. “The agony of the family, including that of their two young daughters, was devastating,” she said.

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