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Second Person Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Manitoba Metis Woman’s Killing

January 8, 2021 3:20 PM | The Canadian Press

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By The Canadian Press

Tamara Benoit

Tamara Benoit (RCMP HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba RCMP have arrested and charged another suspect in the death of a Metis woman.

The remains of 36-year-old Tamara (Norman) Benoit were discovered in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, west of Winnipeg, on Sept. 3.

Tova Jeanine Peters, who is 36, was charged Friday with second-degree murder and accessory after the fact following her arrest in Winnipeg.

Ryan Peters, who is 37, of Long Plains First Nation was charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday.

RCMP said in a release earlier in the week that a 15-year-old boy from Winnipeg was also arrested but he was released without charges.

Police say Benoit was a much-loved mother who was researching her Metis background and history before she died.

She had been reported missing to Winnipeg police on July 10. RCMP said she was last seen in the area of Portage la Prairie and Long Plain First Nation on May 23.

In a news conference on Thursday, RCMP Supt. Michael Koppang said he could not provide many details on what happened. RCMP, Winnipeg police, and the Manitoba First Nation Police Service were involved in the investigation.

“This situation was tragic and horrible,” Koppang said. “Justice we hope will be brought for the families.”

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