An arrest has been made in connection with the 2012 murder of Simone Sanderson.
Kyllan James Ellis, 28, of Lorette was arrested Monday night and charged with second degree murder.
The body of Sanderson, 23, was found at the corner of Main Street and Burrows Avenue in September 2012. She went missing about a week before that.
Police say Ellis was known to sexually exploit women in the sex trade.
On August 27, 2012, police believe Ellis encountered Sanderson on the street, but the two did not know each other.
The two got into a confrontation, which escalated to the point where Sanderson “sustained blunt force trauma at the hands of Ellis, which resulted in her death,” Deputy Chief Danny Smyth explained today.
Investigators believe Ellis took her body and dumped in the empty lot at Main and Burrows, covered the body with cardboard to hide it from public view, and then took off.
“I think Indigenous women and girls are too often the victims of serious crimes, and I think it’s important for our community to recognize this fact,” Smyth said. “I think it’s time we stand with the Indigenous community and denounce the violence. Simone Sanderson mattered.”
Police say Ellis first popped up on their radar in 2014, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2015 that they received more information about Ellis. That’s when they began to focus their investigation on him.
Police got a warrant to take DNA samples from Ellis after his arrest. It will be tested to see if it matches DNA collected at the scene.