FORT ST. JOHN, BC: The BC RCMP is announcing that a suspect has now been charged in the death of Blueberry First Nation resident Pamela Napoleon, aged 42 from Fort St. John…
The BC RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, in partnership with Fort St. John RCMP, arrested a suspect October 27, 2017, in connection to her death which is believed to have occurred in the summer of 2014. Blueberry First Nation is approximately 90 kilometres north of Fort St. John.
Pamela was last seen on July 8, 2014, leaving Blueberry First Nation. She was reported missing to police by her family on July 23, 2014 because it was unusual for her not have been in contact with them for so long. Fort St. John RCMP began a missing person’s investigation at that time, but unfortunately her remains were recovered on August 4, 2014 in a burned cabin about 30 kilometres north of Buick.
Fort St. John RCMP then launched a comprehensive investigation into Pamela’s suspicious death. Their investigation expanded in 2015, when investigators decided to engage the Special Projects Unit within BC RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, to ensure enhanced expertise was at hand. Significant police resources were deployed to gather evidence sufficient to support criminal charges.
“We want to thank Pamela’s family and loved ones, and the Blueberry First Nations’ community, for their patience as we pursued our investigations”, says Inspector Stephen Cocks, head of the Special Projects Unit. “
We know homicide investigations can be extremely difficult for the victim’s family and loved ones. They are suffering a huge loss, and the investigative process can be lengthy. But we wanted to ensure that we honoured Pamela’s memory, which for us meant taking the time to ensure the evidence gathered would meet the standards demanding by the courts.”
Investigators met with Pamela’s family on the weekend, to advise them of this update, and RCMP Victim Services has also been engaged.
Leon Wokeley, aged 42, of Blueberry First Nation, was arrested without incident in Fort St. John on October 27, 2017. He is facing charges of: 2nd degree murder, arson and indignity to human remains, for his role in the homicide of Pamela Napoleon. He has been remanded in custody and will be appearing in Fort St. John Provincial court on Wednesday November 1, 2017.
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