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14 year old Heather Mallett's body was found by her sister on a trail in their community, Wabowden Manitoba.  She was reported missing and a search of the community, revealed the young girl deceased.  RCMP are asking the public for their assistance.

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011, 10:25:39 PM »

Updated: Tue Jun. 14 2011 14:34:41

ctvwinnipeg.ca


The family of Heather Mallett,14, is grieving after the teen was found murdered last week in a small Manitoba community.

Her body was found in Wabowden, more than 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on June 9.

Heather Mallett's body was discovered near a trail, not far from the local police station, by her sister.

"It was very traumatic. I had to take (Heather's sister) to the hospital. She was in shock," said Mary Ann Kristanson, the grandmother of both girls.

Kristanson raised the two sisters after their mother died in 2007.

Heather Mallett had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and would often go for walks around the small town.

On Wednesday night, she went for a walk and never came home.

"I want answers. I want anybody who knows anything to help," said Kristanson.

RCMP have not yet said how the teen was killed. So far, no arrests have been announced.

"Regrettably, where we are at today - we are not where we want to be in this investigation," said Sgt. Line Karpish, a spokesperson for RCMP.

Officers are asking for the public's help in the investigation. Heather was last seen around 10 p.m. on June 8.

"If they saw Heather Mallett in and around those time frames to give us a call - we need to fill those gaps," said Karpish.

Relatives of the teen hope an arrest is made soon, following her murder last week.

"It was on my birthday, my sweet 16. It's not something you would want to hear," said Kennedy Chubb, one of Heather Mallett's cousins.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Wabowden RCMP at 1-204-689-2152. People can also contact Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley

http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110613/wpg_mallett_110613/20110614/?hub=WinnipegBin


Heather Mallett, 14, was found murdered on June 9 in the community of Wabowden, Manitoba

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 06:23:58 PM »
This link RCMP Detachment tells us a bit about Wabowden, its population and location, and the programs available for youth.
It also gives the phone number of the detachment. http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb/detach/wabowden-eng.htm
They have 3 members in the detachment. I am posting a bit of it.


Wabowden Detachment

Contact Information:
 Box 250
 Wabowden, MB
 R0B 1S0
 Ph: (204) 689-2685
 Fax; (204) 689-2383
 
Location:
 Wabowden is a northern community located approximately 630 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It is 106 kilometres south of Thompson off of Highway 6.
 
Local Population:
 Approximately 700.
 
RCMP Detachment:
 The detachment consists of three members and a half-time Public Service Employee. The detachment area covers the community of Wabowden and the outlying areas under a provincial contract.

Community-based problem solving:
 
Often, groups are already in place to deal with ongoing concerns or community projects. The following details what community challenges are being addressed by the members of the RCMP in partnership with their community. The major working groups include:
 
Wabowden Community Council: The RCMP, in partnership with the community council, works together with the youth of the community. One such example is finding work programs for minor youth offenders diverted from the criminal process. Various work programs have been developed in the community, whereby young offenders would perform a number of hours of work at a project or facility in the community.
 
Wabowden Youth Council: The detachment, in discussions with the Youth Council Advisory Group, identified a need in the community for more youth activities. Several initiatives were started including activities throughout the week at the school, and at the arena. It was also agreed that funding was required to purchase items such as pool tables, ping-pong tables, and various games and equipment. The Wabowden RCMP, in conjunction with the Youth and Community Council's are working toward building a youth center within Wabowden. Following some research police learnt that there are grants available for youth initiatives. Once estimates are obtained from various contractors in the area, a required package will be forwarded to the Manitoba Provincial Government requesting a Youth Building Grant.
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Restorative and alternative justice:
 
Nationwide, members of the RCMP are involved in alternative justice processes, whether volunteering as facilitators or sitting on steering committees. Each community may embrace a different form of restorative justice, be it community justice forums, circle sentencing, or mediation.
 
Community Justice Forums: The detachment has revamped its existing system and now has three volunteers in place. They are being trained as honorary probation officers. In the past year, members have made three referrals and the volunteers ran the forum and found alternative solutions to youth problems. This process was used twice in the past year.
 
Alternative Justice: Detachment members are currently involved in providing a number of alternatives to the formal court process. Matters are sometimes settled with members mediating between the victim and accused, or referring them to outside agencies or other trained facilitators. The community council also offers various work programs after school hours as an alternative to the court system.
 
Community & Youth Services (Probation): Court for Wabowden is run out of Thompson. The probation office in Thompson works closely with members of this detachment, by sharing information and discussing offenders. Probation Services will, at times, settle matters out of court through alternative justice processes. This past year, a need was identified to revamp our Alternative Measures program. Through the assistance of Probation Services, the detachment initiated a new program and has enrolled three volunteers as honorary probation officers to oversee the program.

Crime prevention:
 
Members of the RCMP are involved with a number of programs designed to prevent crime in our communities through both indirect and direct intervention. From school talks to youth initiatives and community safety plans, the goal of crime prevention programs is to target the roots of potential criminal and social problems. Members of the RCMP are involved in the following initiatives:
 
Drug Awareness/ Enforcement: Talks have been given in the local school and to youth groups in an effort to deter drug use.
 
Gang Awareness: The detachment has called upon the Thompson Gang Awareness Unit to give presentations to various groups on numerous occasions.
 
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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011, 07:23:15 PM »
A population that small and this should be solved fairly soon. Small town gossip... or at least I hope anyways

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 08:15:15 PM »

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2014, 12:27:13 PM »
A 19 year old male in Wabowden has been charged with this crime.  Thumbs up for the RCMP

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 07:46:04 PM »
Wow, three years to press the charges based on DNA evidence.  Guess it took awhile to obtain the DNA evidence from the suspect?

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An arrest has been made in the killing of a 14-year-old girl nearly three years ago in Wabowden.

Heather Mallett, 14, was reported missing on June 9, 2011, after she didn't show up at her Wabowden home after last being seen the previous night. Her body was found later that day by her older sister, the victim's grandmother previously told the Sun.

Mounties confirmed Thursday a 19-year-old Wabowden man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Mallett's death. His name was not released, as he was a youth at the time of the offence.

The suspect had been on RCMP's "radar" since not long after the investigation began, with DNA evidence ultimately leading to the charge being laid, said RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel.

Mary Ann Kristjanson raised her granddaughter Heather since birth, as the girl's mother was ill for many years with the complications of diabetes before dying in 2007. She said she didn't know how to react to the news when RCMP informed her of the arrest on Wednesday.

"I'm just happy they arrested somebody so my baby can finally rest," said Kristjanson.

Kristjanson said the past three years have been difficult, as she and others attempted to grieve their loss while knowing her granddaughter's killer was still out there. Even with an arrest made, she's wary of the emotional rollercoaster to come with the looming trial.

"This has been with me every day, from morning to night," she said. "Now the waiting is over, but the truly hard part is going to begin."

The accused is scheduled to make a court appearance in Thompson on April 24.

Wabowden, a town of about 500 people, is located roughly 660 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 03:13:25 PM »
The killer must have been 16 years of age at the time. Will he be tried as an adult, or as a juvenile?

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Re: Heather Mallett/Unsolved Murder/Wabowden Manitoba/June 2011
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2014, 01:40:53 PM »
http://www.cjob.com/2014/04/17/rcmp-make-arrest-in/Seel said." unquote.
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So now we know that even with a suspect on the radar, it can take up to 3 years to lay charges.  Note: DNA that took time to process.

While the process of gathering other evidence and the various steps that the police are duty bound to follow in their investigation, can take time, it is evident that we  need more dna testing labs to speed things along./jb

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