A man arrested for killing and dismembering an Indigenous woman in Canada is now believed to be responsible for the murders 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 dumpster outside his apartment.
Cantois, 24, was a member of the O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation based in the village of Crane River near Lake Manitoba.
Two of the other victims were identified as Morgan Beatrice Harris, 39, and Marcedes Mayran, 26. They were both residents of Winnipeg and members of the Long Plain First Nation.
Harris and Mayran are believed to have died on May 1 and May 4, respectively.
A fourth victim was also discovered on 15 May. 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 in identifying her, and have released photos of a jacket she was wearing when she died.
The bodies of the other victims have not yet been found, but police said they have gathered enough evidence to charge Skibicki with their murders.
The investigators have not ruled out that there may be more victims.
Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth called the killings “disturbing.”
“I don’t know if they were specifically targeted, but the victims in this are all indigenous women,” he said.
“As a city, we must all mourn their loss and recognize that we have much more work to do to protect the lives of Indigenous women and girls,” said Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham.
“There is rage, despair, disgust and indescribable sadness when I think of these women’s families and the ongoing violence against our women,” said Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Nahanni Fontaine. Twitter.
Fontaine also said she was able to speak with the family of one of the victims, Morgan Harris. “The family’s agony, including her two young daughters, was devastating,” she said.
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