CARMAN, Manitoba – A 29-year-old man was taken into custody on Sunday, suspected of being involved in the deaths of five individuals, including three children found deceased in a burning car in Manitoba, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported that the series of murders took place in three connected incidents on the same day, spanning rural communities Sunday morning. As of now, none of the victims have been identified publicly.
The disturbing sequence of events began when authorities responded to a reported hit-and-run near Carman, southwest of Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba, at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman in a ditch nearby who was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
Subsequently, at 10 a.m., police were alerted to a car fire about 40 miles north, in the rural municipality of Cartier. As law enforcement made their way to the location, a witness managed to extract three young children from the burning vehicle. Sadly, all three children were declared deceased on the scene. The suspect was arrested at the site of the burning car.
Following these events, a fifth victim, another woman, was found at a property in the small rural town of Carman. “It is believed that the adult male in custody and all five deceased individuals are known to each other,” stated Inspector Tim Arseneault of RCMP major crime services.
The investigation into the crime is ongoing, with RCMP from at least three departments involved, including forensic identification specialists and a collision reconstruction unit. Arseneault expressed condolences to the affected families, acknowledging the profound loss experienced by the community of Carman and its surrounding areas.
Wab Kinew, the premier of Manitoba, expressed sympathies to the victims’ families. The suspect’s identity has not been publicly disclosed, and the motive for the killings has not been confirmed at this time. The community is left to grapple with the tragic loss of innocent lives as the investigation into this heinous crime continues.