RCMP make arrest in homicide investigation

A Long Plain First Nation man was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with the murder of Tamara Benoit (Norman).

Tamara Benoit

Two arrests were made between January 5-6, in relation to the Benoit murder investigation, but a 15-year-old Winnipeg youth arrested on Jan. 5, was released without charges. Ryan Peters, 37, from Long Plain First Nation, has been charged with second-degree murder police revealed today.

Benoit was reported missing to the Winnipeg Police Service on July 10, 2020. She was last seen in the Portage la Prairie and Long Plain First Nation area on May 23, 2020. On Sept. 3, 2020, Manitoba First Nation Police Service located human remains near Cottonwood Drive in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The remains were identified as 36-year-old Benoit.

“Putting the handcuffs on someone and charging them with a homicide provides some justice to the deceased and their family, but the fact remains that a young life has been lost,” said Superintendent Michael Koppang, Officer in Charge of Major Crime Services for the Manitoba RCMP. “Through all the processes and procedures we go through in an investigation, we never lost sight of Tamara. Our agencies worked closely together, pooling resources and community knowledge, to be able to get to this point. I cannot be more thankful for the assistance we received from both WPS and MFNP.”

Cameron Friesen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Manitoba said, “I extend my gratitude to the RCMP, Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba First Nation Police Service for their joint forces operation that has led to charges in the tragic and senseless murder of Tamara Benoit. Too often, Indigenous women and girls have been the victims of violence and their families don’t receive the closure and sense of justice they need to heal.”

Peters remains in custody.

The investigation continues and further arrests are anticipated.

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