Man charged with first-degree murder in death of Jodi Roberts

December 12, 2013 - 11:03am Updated: December 12, 2013 - 1:16pm
Photo of Jodi Roberts courtesy RCMP.
Photo of Jodi Roberts courtesy RCMP.

A 27-year-old man from Sucker River is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jodi Clarissa Roberts.

Ricky Jonathan Ross, who is known as Jonathan Ricky Ross, has been charged by the RCMP with first-degree murder and offering an indignity to a body.

“Indignity to the body is basically leaving the body exposed or out in the open and leaving it there,” Sgt. Richard Price with the La Ronge RCMP said, adding the search for Ross was short.

Roberts was reported missing Nov. 6 and her remains were found on Nov. 27 in a wooded area near Sucker River.  The discovery was said to have happened in an “unusual place", according to police.

“Following all the evidence we had and leads from Crime Stoppers tips, from evidence gathered, witness statements, and we just kept following the evidence and information we received until we were able to lay a charge this (Thursday) morning,” Price said.

With Ross already in the court system, Price explained their work isn't done yet.

“We still have a little bit of follow up investigation to do, make sure all our witnesses are spoken to and to do everything we can to ensure a successful prosecution in this case."

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band Office has extended its hand in support for the family and community since the 24-year-old’s body was found.

Ross is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in La Ronge Provincial Court.

Sucker Lake is about 180 kilometres northeast of La Ronge.

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