By Shari Narine
Sweetgrass Contributing Editor
August 4, 2016.
“A lot of positive leads” from the public is helping as the RCMP investigate the double homicide of teens Dylan Laboucan and Cory Grey.
“According to the primary investigator … it is moving forward and … the media coverage is prompting a lot of positive leads that they’re following up on,” said Cpl. Hal Turnbull, with the Strategic Communications Unit of the RCMP, “K” Division.
The young couple, Laboucan, 17, and Grey, 19, from Whitefish River First Nation, were found shot to death.
The killings were not random, says Turnbull, although he would not confirm whether RCMP had a suspect or suspects.
Laboucan’s body was found on July 25 in a rural area in the Whitefish River First Nation. He was reported missing July 23.
Grey was reported missing July 24. Her body was discovered July 26 in a rural area, but not in the same location as Laboucan.
Autopsies carried out on July 27 by the the Office of the Medical Examiner in Edmonton determined both teenagers had been shot.
Turnbull says the full report from the medical examiner is still pending so he could not comment on who was shot first or how long either had been dead before their bodies were discovered.
High Prairie RCMP were called out to Whitefish River First Nation late on July 23 where Laboucan was reported unconscious outside a residence. However, when RCMP attended, Laboucan was gone. RCMP employed a police service dog that was in the region, says Turnbull, and once Grey was reported missing the service dog was also used in that search. However, the police service dog did not turn up any leads based on scent.
Neither the RCMP nor the service dog was present when the bodies were found.
“The bodies were found by members of the community, who were also engaged in their efforts to find Dylan and Cory,” said Turnbull. “We’re very grateful for their assistance and their help and the unfortunate thing is although they were successful in locating Cory and Dylan it was in a tragic situation such as the one we have now.”
Laboucan and Grey had planned to move to Slave Lake this fall where they were to study at Northern Lakes College.
A candlelight vigil was held on Monday with a wake for the couple on Wednesday at Atikameg School on the Whitefish Lake First Nation. Funeral services will be at the same school on Friday. The pair is to be buried together.