RCMP have charged a 15-year-old boy from Garden Hill First Nation with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a young girl.
Teresa Robinson, 11, was found dead in May of last year on the Garden Hill First Nation.
On Thursday RCMP confirmed an arrest had been made.
Superintendent Paulette Freill says this was a difficult case for investigators.
“I have to tell you this case affected everyone of our officers officers deeply, they were working for Teresa,” says Friell.
Officials initially thought Teresa had been mauled by a bear when she was walking home from a birthday party, but police ruled the death a homicide.
Last month, officers traveled to the community to collect upwards of 2000 voluntary DNA samples from men and boys between 15 and 66 to try and solve the crime.
Staff Sergeant Jared Hall wouldn’t say if that’s what led to Thursday’s arrest.
“Logic is there that forensics and DNA have a place in this case. They have a place in where it’s gone and the investigative steps we’ve taken over these last ten months. The specific relevance of DNA or any piece of evidence is treading into items that I can’t discuss because they’re going before the court.”
Officers are still in Garden Hill First Nation investigating.
Meanwhile the investigation has taken its toll on the people of Garden Hill First Nation, a community of just 5000 people.
“There has been fear for almost a year because people didn’t know if this person is out there,” said Garden Hill chief Arnold Flett
RCMP say they aren’t looking for any other suspects at this time.