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Title: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: tips.needed on June 26, 2011, 01:10:51 AM
I understand someone may have been convicted of this crime, please post any information you may have.
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: SAP on June 27, 2011, 11:11:06 PM
There's very little to no info on this case per Google. Probably only 3 hits and one is a blog where the owner claims one suspect has been incarcerated but police are still looking for another. It has been 6 years and nothing more.
I'm stunned that in Manitoba there are so many missing without further mention, more so than any other province that I have noted.
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: tips.needed on February 09, 2012, 10:33:38 PM
Someone has been arrested for this crime, they have not identified the suspect, stating he was 18 at the time of the crime.  The RCMP are having a news conference tomorrow.  Hopefully this news will help Carl and his family to heal a little.  Congratulations to the RCMP...Good Work!!!  WOW..
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: Trouble445 on February 09, 2012, 11:42:05 PM
http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20120202/THOMPSON0101/120209998/-1/thompson/

Seven years later: Murder of 16-year-old Chantelle Rikheim remains unsolved
Trailer was burned in arson fire to try and conceal beating death


FEBRUARY 2, 2012

BY JOHN BARKER
EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET
Chantelle Rikheim's name usually appears in print these days only briefly as one in connection with a list of names, which usually include Jason Nunn, Jacob Stokman, Bernie Carlson, Lissa Chaboyer and Kerrie Ann Brown Thompson's unsolved murder cases between October 1986 and April 2011.

In the case of Rikheim, seldom more is usually written, little is found in newspaper files, and even her first and last names are often spelled incorrectly.

Chantelle Litecha Irene Wright-Rikheim, the 16-year-old daughter of Carl and Laura, was murdered Feb. 2, 2005 seven years ago today. Laura Wright-Rikheim, originally from Dryden, Ont., lives in Stonewall today.

In some important ways Chantelle Rikheim's unsolved murder perhaps resembles that of 14-year-old Kerrie Ann Brown in several ways. They were similar in age, both teenage girls, and the two youngest of the six unsolved Thompson murder cases. And in both cases the police had suspects but not enough evidence.

At the time of her beating death, Rikheim was living with her dad, Carl Rikheim, in the old Burntwood Trailer Court. He was at work when she was killed. The fire was so intense it took RCMP forensic investigators almost a week to positively confirm Chantelle's identity through dental records.

About 30 people attended a noon-hour vigil in Chantelle's memory on Feb. 17, 2005 in the parking lot of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. And then, after the usual things were said by the usual well-meaning people that day, denouncing such unfathomable violence, the case largely faded from view.

Carl now lives in Ashern but still occasionally gets back to Thompson and likes to visit with old friends for an evening at Trappers.

"My daughter Chantelle Rikheim was at a point in her life where she was on the verge of becoming a responsible adult," Carl told the Thompson Citizen Jan. 31.

"She was doing very well at her job at Santa Maria Pizza and she had lots of friends. I will never stop missing her. The only thing that has kept me going this long is finding the person responsible and getting justice as well as closure. All I can tell you is Chantelle was murdered and the trailer, our home, was set on fire to cover the murder. Chantelle was a very beautiful young lady with her very own personality. I know I am not the only one who misses her. My heart also goes out to Mr. Jim Brown and the Chaboyer family."

Chantelle was also involved with the Futures Family Resource Program at 125 Commercial Place. Futures is sponsored by Marymound North and provides a safe place and other services to at-risk children and youth in the Thompson area. The project is a collaboration between Marymound North, the School District of Mystery Lake and the Burntwood Regional Health Authority (BRHA).

Futures serves youth and young adults who are at risk of becoming pregnant, those who are pregnant and those who are parenting children up to six years of age. Futures opened in August 1994. Marymound, a member of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, is a social services agency in Winnipeg and Thompson that works with over 3,000 children, youth and families annually that need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting.

"I want to thank you all at the Thompson Citizen for keeping the ongoing publicity up in all of these unsolved cases," Carl said Feb. 1. "Just letting the public know these cases are remembered might help to jog somebody's memory or maybe even get these guilty people to come forward and show some guts."

Julie Vincent, who now lives in Kenora, Ont., wrote a letter to the editor of the Thompson Citizen, published Feb. 9, 2005, a week after Chantelle's murder: "My girl, I can't believe you are gone," she wrote. "I've watched you grow into such a beautiful young woman through the good and bad times. I've never stopped loving you nor will I ever. Watching you grow up, I saw myself all over again a sweet girl struggling with life's challenges, wanting so bad to belong and feel loved, and having the potential and love in your heart to become someone that everyone wouldn't help but love.

"So many memories I will never let go. You were the sister I never had but always wanted.

"I hope you are in a better place now and took all of our love with you."

Vincent said Jan. 28 that Chantelle had lived for a time with her and her daughter. Vincent, who is originally from Montreal, was just 20 herself and four years older than Rikheim when Chantelle was murdered. "She was an amazing loving sweet kind person," Vincent recalled. She still keeps in touch and visits with Carl.


Chantelle Litecha Irene Wright-Rikheim
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: debbiec on February 10, 2012, 12:08:24 AM
Someone has been arrested for this crime, they have not identified the suspect, stating he was 18 at the time of the crime.  The RCMP are having a news conference tomorrow.  Hopefully this news will help Carl and his family to heal a little.  Congratulations to the RCMP...Good Work!!!  WOW..

As of February 2, 2012, as per the article posted above, this crime was unsolved. If there has been an arrest in this case it must have been very recent. Can you tell us where you got this information, tips.needed? Possibly provide a link?
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: Trouble445 on February 10, 2012, 01:14:13 AM
A whole lot of searching but I found it: ( her name was spelled wrong in the heading here on unsolved.)

http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20120209/THOMPSON0101/120209998/-1/Thompson/suspect-arrested-and-charged-with-murder-in-slaying-seven-years-ago

Suspect arrested and charged with murder in slaying seven years ago of 16-year-old Chantelle Rikheim
Man cannot be identified as he was under 18 at time of Feb. 2, 2005 killing: Trailer was burned in arson fire to try and conceal beating death

FEBRUARY 9, 2012

BY JOHN BARKER
EDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET

A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the slaying of 16-year-old Chantelle Rikheim in the old Burntwood Trailer Court seven years ago.

The suspect cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was under 18 at the time of the Feb. 2, 2005 murder.

RCMP "D" Division are holding a news conference at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow at division headquarters at 1091 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg, but would only say today the RCMP had made an arrest in a "historical homicide."

At the time of her beating death, Chantelle Rikheim was living with her dad, Carl Rikheim, in a trailer in the old Burntwood Trailer Court. He was at work when she was killed. The fire was so intense it took RCMP forensic investigators almost a week to positively confirm Chantelle's identity through dental records.

"My daughter Chantelle Rikheim was at a point in her life where she was on the verge of becoming a responsible adult," Carl told the Thompson Citizen Jan. 31.

"She was doing very well at her job at Santa Maria Pizza and she had lots of friends. I will never stop missing her. The only thing that has kept me going this long is finding the person responsible and getting justice as well as closure. All I can tell you is Chantelle was murdered and the trailer, our home, was set on fire to cover the murder. Chantelle was a very beautiful young lady with her very own personality. I know I am not the only one who misses her. My heart also goes out to Mr. Jim Brown and the Chaboyer family."

Chantelle was also involved with the Futures Family Resource Program at 125 Commercial Place. Futures is sponsored by Marymound North and provides a safe place and other services to at-risk children and youth in the Thompson area. The project is a collaboration between Marymound North, the School District of Mystery Lake and the Burntwood Regional Health Authority (BRHA).

Futures serves youth and young adults who are at risk of becoming pregnant, those who are pregnant and those who are parenting children up to six years of age. Futures opened in August 1994. Marymound, a member of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, is a social services agency in Winnipeg and Thompson that works with over 3,000 children, youth and families annually that need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting.

"I want to thank you all at the Thompson Citizen for keeping the ongoing publicity up in all of these unsolved cases," Carl said Feb. 1. "Just letting the public know these cases are remembered might help to jog somebody's memory or maybe even get these guilty people to come forward and show some guts."

Julie Vincent, who now lives in Kenora, Ont., wrote a letter to the editor of the Thompson Citizen, published Feb. 9, 2005, a week after Chantelle's murder: "My girl, I can't believe you are gone," she wrote. "I've watched you grow into such a beautiful young woman through the good and bad times. I've never stopped loving you nor will I ever. Watching you grow up, I saw myself all over again a sweet girl struggling with life's challenges, wanting so bad to belong and feel loved, and having the potential and love in your heart to become someone that everyone wouldn't help but love.

"So many memories I will never let go. You were the sister I never had but always wanted.

"I hope you are in a better place now and took all of our love with you."

Vincent said Jan. 28 that Chantelle had lived for a time with her and her daughter. Vincent, who is originally from Montreal, was just 20 herself and four years older than Rikheim when Chantelle was murdered. "She was an amazing loving sweet kind person," Vincent recalled. She still keeps in touch and visits with Carl.

"I can't express how I feel at this time," Carl Rikheim said today, "but I am very impressed with the way the investigation was handled and that the officers involved did exactly what they told me they were going to do from the beginning. Now we will have the long wait for the trial but closure is definitely coming soon. I have to thank all of my friends, the people of Thompson, the United Steel Workers, everyone at Vale, INCO, the Thompson Citizen and the R.C.M.P. for helping me to survive through all of this heartache."
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: debbiec on February 10, 2012, 01:54:43 AM

Thank you for posting the article Trouble.

I've corrected the spelling of Chantelle's name.
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: Trouble445 on February 10, 2012, 10:10:06 AM
Apparently the 24-year-old man who has been arrested and was charged with this murder can not be named.
He was 17 years old at the time.
He was arrested at Prince Albert jail where he was serving time. 
Title: Re: Chantelle Rikheim/unsolved murder/Thompson Manitoba/February 2 2005
Post by: devlee on February 11, 2012, 08:10:44 AM
Federal inmate charged in 2005 killing of Manitoba woman
 
 By Gabrielle Giroday, Winnipeg Free Press February 11, 2012


WINNIPEG He was only 12 when his big sister was slain in the northern Manitoba town of Thompson.

But Bret Rikheim has never forgotten Chantelle, and he's relieved RCMP have arrested the man they believe is responsible for the homicide of the petite, 16-year-old pizzeria employee in February of 2005.

"When I heard about the arrest, I was ecstatic," said Bret, now 19. He said the death of his sister scarred him for life.

"It changed everything because I guess when one person dies, everyone around them kind of dies."

RCMP announced Friday a 24-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Chantelle Rikheim.

The accused cannot be named because he was 17 years old in 2005 and his identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

RCMP spokesman Corp. Miles Hiebert said the man was in jail in Prince Albert, Sask., on Thursday when he was charged with the homicide.

Chantelle's remains were recovered inside a burnt-out mobile home in Thompson. At the time, police said she died as a result of blunt force trauma and the home was set on fire.

The teen had lived there with her father, who was at work when the fire began.

Hiebert said DNA evidence played a role in breaking the cold case wide open.

Hiebert said the accused knew Rikheim at the time of the homicide, but he did not elaborate on the relationship between the two.

Others who knew Chantelle told the Winnipeg Free Press the two had dated.

Court records show he was convicted of making indecent phone calls during 2007, as well as breaking and entering to commit a sexual assault later the same year. He was sentenced to 54 months in prison, but would serve 46 months because the judge took into consideration the 10-and-a-half months he'd served in pre-trial custody.

Court records also show he was convicted of another break and enter to commit sexual assault for which he was sentenced to another six years in prison on top of the earlier sentence in Oct. 2010.


Chantelle's father, Carl Rikheim, told the Free Press he was "very pleased with the way the police handled the investigation.

"They did exactly what they told me they were going to do," he said. "They worked hard putting the (evidence) together and, when they were very sure they had an iron clad case, made the arrest.

"I hope and pray that when this goes to court I will get to ask this person why he had to do this."

Chantelle was a student at an off-campus program designed for youth who couldn't cope with traditional school settings. The program no longer exists.

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

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