Christine Wood, 21, disappeared after she went out with friends for the evening on Aug. 19, 2016. (File Image)
Police believe Christine Wood killed hours after going missing
By Black Powder | RPM Staff, April 10, 2017
Days after police charged a Winnipeg man with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Christine Wood, officers said they still have not found her body.
According to Global News, on Saturday, Brett Overby, 30, was charged with the murder of Christine Wood, 21. Documents also allege Wood was killed on or around Aug. 20 – the day after she went missing.
On Aug. 19, after going out that evening, Wood from Oxford House First Nation, never returned to the hotel where her family was staying after coming to Winnipeg for a medical appointment.
The case was treated at a missing person’s investigation until January 2017, when the homicide unit took over as lead investigators.
Overby, was arrested March 21 after police searched a home in the 300 block of Burrows Ave. At the time, he was charged with an unrelated offence.
CTV News reports, Winnipeg Police Service Sergeant John O’Donovan said officers ended up at that home as a result of information from a number of warrants and production orders on electronic devices Wood used prior to her death.
The Forensic Identification Unit stayed at the home for several days.
Overby, was questioned, but he was let go as there wasn’t enough forensic evidence to lay any charges.
Brett Overby, 30, was charged with the murder of Christine Wood, 21. Instagram. Source Global News
On April 6, forensics tests came back and the following day the Crown Attorney authorized a second degree murder charge against Overby.
Police were able to provide evidence to the Crown’s office that Wood, not only was she present, but she was killed in that house.
Although police believe Wood was killed in Overby’s home, they do not have any information from the accused on where her body is.
During a media conference Monday, Police Chief Danny Smyth said “We will continue on this investigation until we find her remains.”
In September the police said there were “multiple sightings of Wood.” They also said she was was facing some “personal challenges” and may be associated with people tied to drug trade.
However, police now say, they do not believe drugs or gang affiliations are involved.
Police also say the accused and Wood were unknown to one another prior to Aug. 19 and it does not appear there was a relationship between them.
Winnipeg police press conference concerning Christine Wood, Monday.
Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson was at the media conference speaking on behalf of Wood’s family.
“After the most difficult eight months of our lives, we are mourning the loss of our daughter,” North Wilson said in a statement written by Wood’s family.
The family will be in Winnipeg for a vigil on Wednesday.