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Dawson Creek and Prince George males arrested in connection to homicide…

HOPE, BC: IHIT has arrested and charged three males with first degree murder in connection with the homicide of Michael Bonin… 

On April 20, 2017 at approximately 7:30 AM, the Hope RCMP and the Chilliwack Serious Crimes Unit responded to a report of a body found on a rural forest service road north of Hope. The victim was identified as 20 year-old Michael Bonin of Prince George. Bonin had moved to Alberta and called Rycroft home before his murder. 

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Photo of Michael Bonin. RCMP PHOTO

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in and assumed conduct of the investigation. Over the last several months, IHIT has diligently advanced this investigation and collected significant evidence with respect to the murder of Mr. Bonin. Now, almost nine months following Mr. Bonin’s murder, the investigative journey has yielded criminal charges against the primary suspects. 

Following a comprehensive arrest plan across B.C. over this past weekend, IHIT and its partner agencies arrested 26 year-old Ryan Watt from Vancouver, 20 year-old Joshua Fleurant of Prince George and 27 year-old Jared Jorgensen of Dawson Creek. All three males have been charged with first degree murder and will be appearing before a B.C. Provincial Court Judge. 

“IHIT investigators worked tirelessly to advance this investigation and the complexity was such that a successful resolution would not have been possible without the support of our many partners”, says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. We are hopeful that this can now help the family of Mr. Bonin begin their journey towards the healing process. 

Although IHIT cannot get into the specifics surrounding evidence or motive as this matter is now before the court, investigators believe that this homicide was not a random incident.

Anyone with information, who may not have already come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Written statement provided by the mother of Michael Bonin – January 14, 2018

Michael did not deserve to die. He was a loving, helpful and loyal young man who had lots to live for.

The pain of losing Michael will never go away and many lives have been changed by this selfish act.

I hope those responsible for taking Michael’s life are held accountable.

I would like to thank the IHIT investigators for all their dedication and hard work in solving Michael’s murder.

Sincerely,

Michael Bonin’s mother
 

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