A man is in custody nearly two years after the death of a mother in Thompson.
On October 1, 2019, Bobbie Lynn Moose's sister dropped her off at Walmart in Thompon saying "don’t worry about me. I’ll be back,” and never returned home. Two weeks later, on October 19, Moose's body was found in the city, near Nelson Road.
“RCMP investigators have worked more than 25,000 hours on this investigation, conducting more than 400 interviews, speaking with more than 1600 people, watching 52,560 hours of video surveillance, and distributing 1000 pamphlets in Cree requesting information," the Officer in Charge of Major Crime Services, Superintendent Michael Koppang, says in a statement.
On Wednesday, a 52-year-old Thompson man was arrested and has since made his first court appearance in Thompson. He has since been flown to Winnipeg where he remains in custody with a First Degree Murder charge.
“The tireless efforts of our investigators and the support of the community have given us this outcome today.”
Police say a homicide suspect and the victim knew each other.
“Violence against Indigenous women and girls in Manitoba and across Canada is an ongoing national tragedy, and we all have a role to play to reduce and, one day, eliminate this violence,” Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, Commanding Officer of Manitoba RCMP says in a statement. “This investigation relied on community involvement, support, and outreach, and I want to thank every person who supported our efforts in finding justice for Bobbie.”
RCMP Manitoba says for almost two years, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, her home community, has been mourning the loss. Moose has a large family and two children of her own.