RCMP say a woman, her three young children and a teen relative were found dead Sunday at different locations in southern Manitoba. The woman's partner, 29-year-old Ryan Howard Manoakeesick of Carman, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Here is a timeline of the police response to the killings. All times are local:
Officers are called to a report of a hit and run on Highway 3, south of Carman, where they find the body of a 30-year-old woman in a ditch.
Officers are called to a burning vehicle on Highway 248, northeast of Carman in the Rural Municipality of Cartier, where they discover three dead children. Police later learn the six-year-old girl, four-year-old boy and two-month-old girl are the children of the dead woman.
Officers take a man at the scene into custody. Police say the accused, the woman's common-law partner, had removed the children from the vehicle.
Later in the day
Further investigation leads officers to the family's home in Carman, where they find the body of the woman's 17-year-old niece.
Monday, February 12
Family and friends are dealing with an "unimaginable tragedy," RCMP Insp. Tim Arseneault told a news conference in Winnipeg on Monday.
RCMP in Manitoba say a 29-year-old man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, three young children and a 17-year-old relative.
"Our thoughts are also with the community of Carman, who are mourning the loss of an entire family, which we now know includes a youth and three young children.”
Arseneault says the dead are the suspect's 30-year-old wife, the couple's six-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and two-month-old daughter, as well as the wife’s 17-year-old niece. All of them lived together in Carman.
Police did not release the names of the victims.
The five died Sunday at multiple crime scenes in and around the town, 85 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.
That morning, police responded to a report of a hit-and-run and found the woman lying dead in a ditch.
More than two hours later and 70 kilometres to the north, officers were called to a report of a burning vehicle and found the children outside the car.
The children were pronounced dead at the scene and police took Ryan Howard Manoakeesick of Carman into custody.
Police then circled back to Carman and discovered the body of the teen in the family home.
Police said autopsies were being conducted and declined to provide further details as the investigation continues.
In Carman, police tape blocked off the front and back yards of the family's small white bungalow, while forensic crews could be seen going in and out. Police vehicles were parked outside.
Children's toys and a bike were strewn across the back lawn.
"This is a dark time in Manitoba," Premier Wab Kinew told the news conference.
He said he knows what it's like to hold an infant in his arms, to grasp the hand of a young child, to be there with a teen thinking about grad ceremony clothes and to share a laugh with his wife at the end of the day.
"I think people from all walks of life, in every part of the province, understand these bonds, because these bonds are sacred," he said.