“This was a difficult investigation from the onset based on the circumstances surrounding Billie’s disappearance, homicide detectives worked tirelessly on the file and are very relieved to bring some form of comfort to Billie’s family in the recovery of their loved one’s remains.”
Nearly four months after she went missing, the body of 30-year-old homicide victim Billie Johnson has been found and more charges are pending against the man accused of killing her.
Johnson was last seen in Edmonton the evening of Dec. 24, in the area of 113 Street and 107 Avenue. She was reported missing four days later.
Thirty-five year-old Kenneth Courtorielle was arrested in St. Albert on February 9 and was charged with second degree murder in connection to the death of Johnson. Police say an additional charge against Courtorille of indignity to a body is pending.
Police said Courtorielle and Johnson were known to each other. Johnson’s cousin Verlynn Larocque said the accused was her cousin’s boyfriend and that Johnson had lived with him in Edmonton.
Courtorielle’s next court appearance is on April 30.
Johnson was a mother to an 11-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.