RCMP have announced charges in the homicide of a Blueberry First Nations woman three years ago.
Investigators say 42-year-old Leon Wokeley, of Blueberry First Nation, was arrested last Friday for the death of Pamela Napoleon.
Wokeley is charged with 2nd degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains.
Napoleon went missing July 8, 2014, after she was last seen leaving Blueberry First Nation. Remains, later identified as Napoleon’s, were discovered August 4th, 2014 in a burned down trapper’s cabin located approximately 30 km north of Buick Creek.
RCMP say the force expanded the investigation in 2015 by bringing in the Special Projects Unit of BC RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit.
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.
Wokeley, also from the Blueberry First Nation, has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in court Wednesday, November 1.