Winnipeg police charge man accused of killing Rebecca Contois with additional homicides

WARNING: This story contains distressing details.

Winnipeg police say the man accused of killing a 24-year-old woman and disposing of her body in a dumpster in May has been charged with additional homicides.

Jeremy Skibicki, 35, has been charged with the killings after more victims were identified, police said in a brief news release. They’re expected to announce more details about those charges at a 2 p.m. news conference today.

On May 18, he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Rebecca Contois, who was a member of O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, also known as Crane River, located on the western shore of Lake Manitoba.

Her partial remains were discovered in a garbage bin in a back lane in Winnipeg’s North Kildonan neighbourhood on May 16.

Police believed some of her remains may have been taken to the city’s Brady Road landfill during a residential pickup, and conducted a search that involved a massive area at the landfill.

In June, remains found there by Winnipeg police were identified as those of Contois.

After Skibicki was arrested and charged in May, police said they believed there could be more victims, but up until today, they had not identified any others.

Mayor Scott Gillingham, Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth and Insp. Shawn Pike of the police service’s major crimes unit will speak at the 2 p.m. news conference, which CBC News will live stream here, on Facebook and on CBC Gem.

Support is available for anyone affected by details of this case. If you require support, you can contact Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Medicine Bear Counselling, Support and Elder Services at 204-594-6500, ext. 102 or 104, (within Winnipeg) or 1-888-953-5264 (outside Winnipeg).

Support is also available via Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison unit at 1-800-442-0488 or 204-677-1648.

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