RCMP believe two teen homicide victims, near High Prairie, knew their killer(s).
Following yesterday’s autopsies, which confirmed the teens died of a gunshot wound, ruled to be murder, police have said they suspect Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan were at least connected to their killer or killers in some way.
“This is a small community where people are well known to each other and people who enter the community from outside are also well recognized when they come in, so it is not a random act,” says Inspector Gibson Glavin.
17-year-old Laboucan’s body was found in their community of Whitefish River First Nation Monday night, while his girlfriend, 19-year-old Grey, was found in a different location in the rural area near High Prairie late Tuesday afternoon.
The teens were reported missing Saturday night, after it was reported Laboucan was unconscious outside of his home. He disappeared before officers arrived at the scene, but the RCMP say the person who called it in has been very helpful. At this point, Inspector Glavin says RCMP aren’t releasing specifics of the case like how many times the victims were shot, and other details.
“That type of information is known by a select few right now: the RCMP, the medical examiner, and whoever did this. That’s very, very helpful to our investigation; it narrows down and focuses who we can look at as possibly being involved in this.”
According to police, no one is currently in custody, but the focus remains on determining who is responsible for the couple’s deaths.
Glavin also says the victims’ First Nation community was instrumental in instigating the search quickly and thus, aiding in finding both bodies.