B.C. police confirm arrest in women's slayings
Duncan man held in connection with deaths of Tyeshia Jones, Karrie Ann Stone
CBC News Posted: Apr 21, 2012 11:03 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 21, 2012 12:41 PM PT
Mounties in the Vancouver Island city of Duncan have confirmed a local man has been arrested for the slaying of two women.
William Gordon Robert Elliott, 24, was arrested without incident late Friday and remains in police custody as a suspect in the deaths of Karrie Ann Stone, 42, and Tyeshia Jones, 18, RCMP said.
Police have not said how the victims were killed, but Supt. Wayne Rideout said Saturday both were "victims of murder."Elliott is facing two counts of first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in provincial court next week.
Investigators said Elliott is known to them, but declined to release further details because the case is before the courts.
CBC News first learned on Friday that the Crown had filed murder charges against Elliott.
Stone's burned body was found along a hiking trail near Glenora in July of 2010, while Jones' body was found in a wooded area near Duncan in January of 2011.'Disturbing homicides'
RCMP Supt. Jim Gresham said the arrest is the result of "thousands of hours" of investigative work.
Karrie Ann Stone's body was found badly burned in an isolated wooded area. (RCMP)"Throughout these investigations we were mindful of the need to provide the communities of the Cowichan Valley with as much information as we could in order to address public fear after these disturbing homicides," he said.
"We had to strike a balance between what could be said and what was required to absolutely protect and maintain the integrity of the investigation.
"As the two investigations converged and a single suspect was identified, investigators worked around the clock to establish sufficient evidence to arrest and charge the suspect."
Stone's mother, Beth, said the arrest is bittersweet.
"It's been a long road, going on two years now, and it's changed a lot of my family and what we've had to deal with Karrie's loss and just all the questions in our mind [around] what happened to her and why it has happened," she said.
"Those answers may never get resolved but I do definitely appreciate everything the police have done."'We're not supposed to bury our children'
Jones's mother Mary Jim thanked her other children and the community for their support.
"Losing her — you know, we're not supposed to bury our children, they're supposed to bury us," she said.
"It's like a rollercoaster, I guess you could say but I'll tell you one thing — I let the anger go. I've been angry, waking up angry, and I can't live like that because I have kids, so I let the anger go. I love my daughter Tyeshia and I miss her."
Duncan, B.C.Jones's cousin Joe Thorne says news of the arrest is a painful yet welcome relief to the community.
"It's bitter closure because we'd rather have Tyeshia here, we'd rather have Carrie Ann Stone here — but we don't," he said.
"At least we can try to give them the justice they deserve and their families can say: 'You're home now. Walk on.'"
Duncan is located in the Cowichan Valley about halfway between Nanaimo and Victoria. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/04/21/bc-tyeshia-jones-arrest-duncan.html?cmp=rss