Saskatoon police have laid charges against a 33-year-old man in connection with the death of 20-year-old Karina Beth Ann Wolfe.
The suspect is facing a charge of second degree murder and offer indignity to human remains. He will appear in court on Monday.
It was in 2010 when Karina went missing.
The search for her came to an end Friday as Saskatoon police confirmed her remains were found earlier this month northwest of the city. Major crimes arrested a 33-year-old man they said they believe is connected to Wolfe’s disappearance and murder. He is expected to appear in provincial court on Monday, Nov. 30.
The news is ground shaking for Saskatoon aboriginal community leaders, especially Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte, co-chair of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together), a group which advocates for families of missing and murdered indigenous women in Saskatchewan and brings awareness to the issue of violence against aboriginal women.
Since Wolfe’s disappearance more than five years ago, she’s been beside Wolfe’s mother Carol trying desperately to find answers. On Friday, her worst nightmares about Wolfe came true.
“We are extremely heartbroken, especially for Carol because she worked so hard with police and she’s been very gracious with the public,” Okemaysim-Sicotte said, just outside the Saskatoon Police Service headquarters.
“We really want the community to pray for her, for strength for her because her experience is still going to be public. (We hope) she’s able to bring Karina home and lay her to rest.”
Okemaysim-Sicotte said she plans to meet with Carol Wolfe and provide any supports needed to get through this difficult time.
“We’re all praying for her,” she said.
On Nov. 10, the Saskatoon Police Service received information that led them to a rural location northwest of Saskatoon. Human remains were recovered on Nov. 14, in the same area. DNA has since confirmed that the remains are those of Karina Wolfe.
Alyson Edwards with the police service sends he deepest condolences to Wolfe’s family.
“There is some relief in the fact that we have located Karina, we’ve been able to give answers to her family but our condolences go out to her family, it’s very tragic,” she said.
Edwards wouldn’t confirm exactly where Wolfe’s remains were found, how the evidence led to an arrest, or who the 33-year-old suspect is and if he was known to Karina. Those details will be spelled out at a news conference on Monday.
Currently, police are assembling a timeline trying to hammer down what happened to Wolfe in the last few hours of her life, who she was with and where she was.
Wolfe was last seen on July 2, 2010 by family on the 800 block of Appleby Drive getting into a grey Corvette which belonged to a male acquaintance. Historically, investigators said they believe she may have later been dropped off in the area of 20th Street West and Avenue H South.
Edwards said the Wolfe family is requesting privacy during the weekend, but Carol is expected to attend Monday’s news conference.