Manitoba RCMP have made an arrest in the 2019 disappearance of Bobbie Lynn Moose of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
Jack Clarence Flett, 52, of Thompson, was charged with first-degree murder on July 28. RCMP said Tuesday Flett was transported to Winnipeg on July 31 where he remains in custody.
The body of Moose, who was 29 and a mother of two, was found near Nelson Road in Thompson on Oct. 17, 2019. Police said her sister had dropped her off at the community’s Walmart store on Oct. 1.
Investigators said Moose and Flett were known to each other but didn’t provide further details.
They said they believe Moose was staying with friends in Thompson before she was killed.
They credited information from community members in helping them crack the case.
“The tireless efforts of our investigators and the support of the community have given us this outcome today,” RCMP Supt. Michael Koppang said in a release.
The investigators said they worked more than 25,000 hours, conducted more than 400 interviews, spoke with more than 1,600 people, watched 52,560 hours of video surveillance, and distributed 1,000 pamphlets in Cree requesting information, the release added.
“Violence against Indigenous women and girls in Manitoba and across Canada is an ongoing national tragedy, and we all have a role to play to reduce and, one day, eliminate this violence,” Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, Commanding Officer of Manitoba RCMP, added in the release.
“This investigation relied on community involvement, support, and outreach, and I want to thank every person who supported our efforts in finding justice for Bobbie.”
Nisichawayasihk is about 80 km west of Thompson.
Moose’s family said through a spokesperson they would not be commenting Tuesday. They have made several pleas over the past two years for tips.