RCMP gathering DNA from men and boys in Manitoba First Nation as part of homicide probe: Chief
APTN News reports, RCMP investigators are requesting DNA samples from boys and men in Garden Hill First Nation, a northern Manitoba community where the remains of Teresa Robinson, 11-years-old, were found during a search last May, according to the band’s chief.
Chief Arnold Flett said several RCMP officers have been knocking on doors in the community since Monday asking men aged 15 to 50 years old to allow a sample of their DNA to be taken at the local detachment.
He said the RCMP officers have told community members the request is part of the investigation into the death of Robinson.
Robinson’s death remains unsolved and police are treating the case as a homicide.
Flett said this is one of the rare times RCMP investigators have returned to the community to gather evidence as part of the investigation into Robinson’s death over the past nine months. He said he does not know the status of the investigation.
Flett said the community generally agrees with the DNA request.
Flett said he hopes this will lead to a resolution for the community of about 3,000 people which continues to feel the impact of Robinson’s violent death.
“We’d like to see this be solved,” said Flett. “The people of Garden Hill would like to see that happen.”
Investigators are expected to remain in Garden Hill until Thursday gathering DNA samples.
According to APTN, Manitoba RCMP confirmed late Wednesday that the officers were gathering DNA as part of the investigation into Robinson’s death.