RCMP gathering 2,000 DNA samples in hopes of solving Manitoba girl’s murder

RCMP are collecting up to 2,000 DNA samples from men in a remote Manitoba First Nation in an effort to solve the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

See Full Article

Teresa Robinson never returned home after leaving a birthday party in May, 2015. Her lifeless body was found six days later.

The investigation has remained active ever since, but police have yet to arrest a suspect.

This week investigators began collecting DNA samples of 2,000 men living in Garden Hill First Nation, located about 650 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

“What is being undertaken at that specific community right now is something unprecedented,” Sgt. Bert Paquet told CTV Winnipeg.

All DNA donations are voluntary and are being sought from men between the ages of 15 and 66. RCMP plan to make five trips to the isolated community to gather the samples.

The unorthodox investigate approach has sparked renewed hope for Teresa’s mother, who says her daughter’s death has shattered her sense of security in the tiny community.

"Don't trust anybody. Don't trust anybody around here, even friends because we don't know who did this. People probably won't even believe who that person is when it comes out,” Sandra Robinson told APTN.

Police say the massive DNA sweep comes after traditional investigative approaches were completed.

"Once we've exhausted all other avenues of investigation, our officers start thinking outside the box," Sgt. Paquet said. "This was one of the steps that was considered."

He added that the DNA collection is one of several techniques used by officers assigned to the case.

"Our investigators have been, and will continue to, utilize all available resources and investigative techniques in order to solve this horrible crime and bring closure to the family and the community," Paquet said in a statement.

Police have not said how many men in the community have volunteered to provide a DNA sample, but they've said the response has been positive.

Band Councillor Larry Beardy is encouraging men in the community to step forward, and gave a blood sample himself.

Luke Taylor, whose son was beaten to death eight years ago in the community, has said he will also give a sample.

“Sad. I know how it feels -- the loss of a child,” he said.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said the community is desperate for answers in Robinson's murder.

"Could there have been another way, perhaps," she said. "But the community is so desperate for answers that we have to support what they want to see."

Teresa’s mother says she hopes the DNA collection brings about answers in the stalled case.

“A lot of people keep saying you gotta try and forgive that person,” Robinson said. “But I don’t know who that person is. I don’t know if I can do that.”

With a report from CTV Winnipeg



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • German Olympic gymnastics team, tired of 'sexualization,' wears unitards

    World News CBC News
    The team's outfits looked similar to the others in the room as the arena lights gleamed off crystals crisscrossing their chests and down their crimson and white sleeves. But the German gymnastics team's new Olympic suits didn't stop at their hips. Source
  • More than 250 wildfires continue to burn in B.C. as crews plan for challenging weather

    Canada News CBC News
    The B.C. Wildfire Service says more than 250 wildfires are currently burning across the province, with hundreds of firefighters continuing to work through challenging terrain in hot, dry conditions. The number is down from last week, when there were 300 active fires, the agency said. Source
  • Pelosi appoints 2nd GOP critic of Trump to Jan. 6 committee

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot and pledged that the Democratic-majority panel will "get to the truth. Source
  • Belgians reeling after more heavy flooding rips apart streets, washes away cars

    World News CBC News
    The town of Dinant, Belgium, was cleaning up on Sunday after its heaviest floods in decades the previous day turned streets into torrential streams that washed away cars and pavement but did not kill anyone. The flooding followed a two-hour thunderstorm, which left streets strewn with rubble, wrecked cars and thick mud. Source
  • Historic Black community has slate of all-Black candidates in N.S. election

    Canada News CBC News
    For the first time in more than 20 years, one of Nova Scotia's oldest and largest Black communities will be represented by a Black MLA — regardless of which party wins. All three declared candidates in the Preston riding are Black. Source
  • Madrid's Retiro park, Prado avenue join World Heritage list

    World News CTV News
    MADRID -- Madrid's tree-lined Paseo del Prado boulevard and the adjoining Retiro park have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, holding an online meeting from Fuzhou, China, backed the candidacy on Sunday that highlighted the green area's introduction of nature into Spain's capital. Source
  • Pandemic pares back pomp of Mary Simon's installation ceremony as governor general

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- When Mary Simon walks into the Senate on Monday to be installed as the country's next governor general, she will find the upper chamber sparsely populated. The installation ceremonies for Simon's predecessors have attracted hundreds of people packed tightly into the Senate, including cabinet ministers, senators, MPs, justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, dignitaries and invited guests. Source
  • Helicopter crash in Brantford, Ont. under investigation

    Canada News CTV News
    KITCHENER -- Rural roads have been closed off as investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash in Brantford, Ont. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Golf and Powerline Roads. “The pilot has been transported to the hospital with serious, however non-life threatening injuries,” said Daniel Ferlatte, an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board. Source
  • Fauci says U.S. headed in 'wrong direction' on coronavirus

    World News CTV News
    WILMINGTON, DEL. -- The United States is in an "unnecessary predicament" of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation's top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. "We're going in the wrong direction," said Dr. Source
  • Saint John police officers told not to wear thin blue line patches

    Canada News CBC News
    The Saint John Police Force has informed its officers to stop wearing thin blue line patches following social media posts of officers sporting the controversial patch. Tweets posted on Thursday show Saint John police officers wearing the patches at King's Square on July 3, while present at a protest being held by members of the community. Source