A spree killer was arrested after Canadian police tied him to five dead bodies found at three separate locations.
The 29-year-old unidentified male suspect was taken into custody on Sunday morning after Royal Canadian Mounted Police connected him to the death of three children and two women in Manitoba, a province in Canada.
The first victim who was found Sunday was a woman whose body was left in a ditch on the side of a road.
Three children were then found inside a charred car off the side of a highway, where police arrested the suspect. The children were pulled from the car by a witness, but died from their injuries.
A woman was then found in a house in Carman, a small town in Manitoba. Authorities believe that all five unidentified victims knew each other and were from the Carman area.
‘It’s kind of mind-numbing to realize that something like this could happen in this community,’ Brent Owen, the mayor of Carman told CBC.
The first victim, a woman, was found in a ditch on the side of on Highway 3 between Carman and Winkler around 7.30am on Sunday
Tim Arseneault of Royal Candian Mounted Police major crime services said Sunday the suspect has not been formally charged.
The first woman was found after police responded to a hit and run on Highway 3 between Carman and Winkler around 7.30am. Her body was discovered in a ditch and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 10.00am, police responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 48 after a witness managed to pull three children from the charred car. All of the children were then pronounced dead.
‘As a parent, I simply can’t imagine the enormity of your loss,’ Arseneault said.
‘The community of Carman and surrounding areas will also be grieving as they have lost some of their youngest residents in such a tragic way.’
Trent Lepine, a resident from St. Eustache, told CBC he witnessed the burnt car on the side of the road as he was taking his 10-year-old daughter to skating lessons around 9.20am.
At first, Lepine thought the car was broken down, but when he was on his way back about an hour later he saw that the road was blocked with police cars and ambulances.
‘I didn’t stop because, yeah, I had my daughter with me. But also like I said, we always see broken down vehicles,’ Lepine said. ‘People always pull off to the side.’
He added when he initially drove past the vehicle it was not on fire and he thought it had been abandoned.
‘It’s shocking, especially in a small town like this,’ Lepine said.
As the investigation continued, another woman was found dead in a house in Carman. It is unclear how each victim died or when they died.
Three children were found inside of a charred car on Around 10.00am on Highway 48 after a witness managed to pull them from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene and the suspect was arrested there
The fifth victim, another woman, was found inside a house in Carman, a small town in the province of Manitoba
Wab Kinew, the Premier of Manitoba, posted his condolences online to the grieving community.
‘Sending comfort and strength to the families and community of Carman during this challenging time of loss,’ he said on X.
‘Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this tragedy.’
Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham also posted a heartfelt message on the platform and said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news. Winnipeg is a nearby city in Manitoba.
‘My sincere condolences to the community and the families impacted by this tragedy,’ he added.
Arseneault said the man in custody is the only suspect related to the horrific case and that there is no risk to public safety.