(AP) — A Canadian man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, three young children and a 17-year-old female relative, authorities said today.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Tim Arseneault said Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, 29, has been charged with the deaths of the suspect’s 30-year-old wife, the couple’s six-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and two-month-old daughter, as well as the wife’s 17-year-old niece.
The five died Sunday at multiple crime scenes in and around the town of Carman, 85 kilometers (53 miles) southwest of Winnipeg.
Police responded to a hit-and-run and found the woman lying dead in a ditch on Sunday morning.
More than two hours later and 70 kilometers (44 miles) to the north, officers were called to a report of a burning vehicle and found the children outside the car.
The children were pronounced dead at the scene and police took Manoakeesick of Carman into custody.
The body of the teen girl was found later at a home in Carman.