Suspect Charged in Murder of Elizabeth Lafantaisie

Elizabeth Lafantaisie (HANDOUT)

A 25-year-old man is facing a first degree murder charge in connection to the murder of 73-year-old Elizabeth Lafantaisie.

Winnipeg police say Thomas Anthony Joseph Brine was arrested Monday night in the River East area after investigators identified forensic evidence linking Brine to the case. Police also say the encounter between Brine and Lafantaisie appeared to be random.

Lafantaisie was last seen February 18 in the Royalwood area before being reported missing a few days later. Her vehicle was found abandoned near Osborne Village on February 24, while her belongings were later discovered in a parking garage at an apartment complex in Fort Garry.

Lafantaisie’s body was located in the trunk of her car.

On Monday, the family issued a statement asking the public to assist in the investigation.

Brine is also facing other charges, including possession of goods obtained by crime and assault causing bodily harm. He remains in custody.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. with additional information.