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Timeline of murders of 4 women in Winnipeg, demands to search landfill for remains – Winnipeg

Timeline of murders of 4 women in Winnipeg, demands to search landfill for remains – Winnipeg
Timeline of murders of 4 women in Winnipeg, demands to search landfill for remains – Winnipeg

A Winnipeg man has admitted to killing four women in Winnipeg but claims he is not criminally responsible because of a mental illness. A judge will deliver his verdict Thursday in Jeremy Skibicki’s first-degree murder trial.

Here’s a timeline of the case:

March 15, 2022 — Police report that an unidentified woman was murdered on or around this date.

May 1, 2022 — Morgan Harris, a member of the Long Plain First Nation who lives in Winnipeg, was last seen in the area of ​​Main Street and Henry Avenue north of downtown. Police say the 39-year-old was murdered on or around that date.

May 4, 2022 — Police say Marcedes Myran, 26, also of the Long Plain First Nation and living in Winnipeg, was murdered on or around this date.

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May 14 or 15, 2022 — Police believe 24-year-old Rebecca Contois of the O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, also known as Crane River, was murdered on or around these dates.


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May 16, 2022 — Officers find Contois’ partial remains in a dumpster at an apartment building. They secure the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, a city-run landfill, where they believe more remains may be. Police say they believe Harris’ and Myran’s remains were transported to the private Prairie Green landfill north of Winnipeg that day.

May 18, 2022 — Skibicki is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Contois. Officers execute a search warrant at his apartment in the same area where her remains were found.

May 19, 2022 — Police report that the remains found in the trash bin near the building belonged to Contois.

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June 2, 2022 — Police begin searching the Brady landfill.

June 20, 2022 — Police believe the remains of other victims may be at the Prairie Green landfill.

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June 21, 2022 — Police say remains found at the Brady landfill belong to Contois.

Dec 1, 2022 — Police charge Skibicki with three counts of first-degree murder in the case of Harris, Myran and the unidentified woman. They say the unidentified woman is believed to be Indigenous and in her mid-20s. Indigenous leaders later call her Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman.


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Dec 2, 2022 — Skibicki appears in court. Police Chief Danny Smyth says the remains of Harris and Myran are believed to be at the Prairie Green landfill, but no search has been scheduled because too much time has passed.

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Dec 6, 2022 — Police defend their decision not to search Prairie Green. Harris’ relatives voice their disappointment and anger on Parliament Hill and say they are prepared to search themselves.

Dec 8, 2022 — Operations at Prairie Green are halted while the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg decide how to move forward. First Nations leaders are calling on the police chief to resign.

Dec 14, 2022 — Smyth apologizes in a meeting with First Nations leaders and victims’ families for comments about not searching the landfill. Police will join an Indigenous-led committee to investigate the feasibility of a search.

May 12, 2023 — The study says a search is feasible but could take up to three years and cost $184 million. Family members and indigenous leaders say it must go ahead.

July 5, 2023 — Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government says searching the landfill is too risky.


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July 6, 2023 — Protesters at a camp set up at the Brady Road landfill begin blocking access to the site, demanding that authorities search Prairie Green.

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July 14, 2023 — A judge grants a temporary injunction to end the blockade, saying protesters can continue to protest but cannot block the road.

Aug. 4, 2023 — Harris and Myran’s family members meet with federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree. They later lead a circle dance at a rally calling for a landfill search. More rallies are taking place around the country.

August 9, 2023 — Manitoba’s NDP is promising a search if it wins the provincial election, which happens in October.

January 26, 2024 — Another study finds a search could be conducted within a year and cost $90 million, but could put researchers at risk of health risks from asbestos.

March 8, 2024 — Relatives of Harris and Myran and their supporters gather outside Manitoba’s parliament, calling for a search.


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March 22, 2024 — The federal and Manitoba governments say they will each provide $20 million to search the landfill.

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May 2, 2024 — A judge rules that Skibicki’s trial will go to a jury after the defense argued that jurors could be biased by pretrial publicity.

May 6, 2024 — Lawyers for Skibicki say he admits to killing the four women but is asking to be found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. The prosecution says the trial can proceed without a jury because of the complexities of the defense.

June 10, 2024 — Attorneys for the Crown and defense deliver their closing arguments.

June 11, 2024 — The Manitoba government announces it has granted environmental approval for the search for Prairie Green, which will begin in the fall.


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