Volunteers, EPS searching Enoch Cree Nation area for missing 30 Year old Indigenous Female

Family, Friends and Enoch Cree Nation community Members have been searching for the remains of 30 year old Billie Johnson Photo: Sarah Komadina

“Following an extensive investigation, Homicide Section has compiled overwhelming evidence based on forensics, witness interviews, and information about Billie herself – including how engaged and connected to others she was, and how very out of character her disappearance was – to conclude that she is, unfortunately, deceased, and that Kenneth Courtorielle is responsible for her death.” - Edmonton Police Service

 

Billie Wynell Johnson was last seen on the evening of Dec. 24 in the area of 113th Street and 107th Avenue. 

Weeks after she vanished, Edmonton police have identified and charged a suspect in her death, even though Johnson's body has yet to be located.

Large groups of volunteers have been meeting at the River Cree Casino parking lot, then driving to a site that is filled with thick bush and heavy snow.

On Sunday, EPS was on scene searching in the area. Part of their team included five cadaver dogs and two search dogs.  Police said they encourage rural home owners to check their properties and report anything suspicious.

 

Billie Johnson has dark hair, a flower tattoo on her left clavicle and a tattoo down her forearm with her daughter's name, Gianna.

She was last seen wearing tan hiking boots, black pants and a grey or blue FILA sweater. She was carrying a small black Adidas tote bag with white writing.

 

 

 

 

Statement from Edmonton Police, issued February 10, 2021

 

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested and charged a male in the disappearance of Billie Johnson. 

Kenneth Courtorielle, 35, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 in St. Albert with the assistance of RCMP. He has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Billie Johnson, 30, who was reported missing on Dec. 28, 2020.  Courtorielle and Johnson were known to each other.

“Courtorielle has been a person of interest since the beginning of this investigation,” says S/Sgt Colin Leathem, EPS Homicide Section. “Following an extensive investigation, Homicide Section has compiled overwhelming evidence based on forensics, witness interviews, and information about Billie herself – including how engaged and connected to others she was, and how very out of character her disappearance was – to conclude that she is, unfortunately, deceased, and that Kenneth Courtorielle is responsible for her death.”

 

 

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