Saskatoon man charged with murder of Dorothy Woods

January 6, 2012 - 3:54pm Updated: January 7, 2012 - 7:03pm
 Police outside the house of Dorothy Woods and her husband David, Jan. 6 2012. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio Dot and her daughter Katelyn. Courtesy Gina Bailey. Dot and close friend Mish Behavin. Courtesy Gina Bailey. Courtesy Lorrie Rusnak. Courtesy Lorrie Rusnak. Taken from Dorothy Woods missing persons poster.
Police outside the house of Dorothy Woods and her husband David, Jan. 6 2012. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio
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Saskatoon police have arrested and charged a Saskatoon man with murder in connection to the disappearance and homicide of Dorothy Ann Woods.

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The 49-year-old man was previously identified as a person of interest in the case. He is currently in custody, and is expected to appear in Provincial Court on Monday.

Woods' 49-year-old husband David Woods was also deemed a person of interest in the case shortly after his wife's disappearance, and not present at a Dec. 14 court date.

Police spokesperson Alyson Edwards has confirmed that the man charged with Woods' murder, like David Woods, also had previous firearms charges.

"What I can say is earlier on in the investigation I did release publicly that we had a 49-year-old male person of interest in the case, and it is that person of interest we have charged with murder," said Edwards.

Police located human remains on Wednesday near Blackstrap Lake; the remains were recovered and the autopsy was done on Friday with the assistance of the office of the chief coroner and a forensic anthropologist. They were able to identify the remains as those of Dorothy Ann Woods.

She left behind two children, a grieving family, her daycare business, and a tight-knit roller derby community.

Woods was reported missing after last being seen at her home in the early morning hours of Nov. 12, 2011. Early in the investigation warrants were executed on their Riel Crescent home resulting in a number of items being seized.

Woods’ neighbours react

Darlene Gray lives two houses down from Woods’ residence at 19 Riel Crescent. She called the street a close knit community with block parties and garage sales in the summer.

Gray said her kids would often play with Woods' kids, and her husband would sit next to Woods' husband.

Kay Zado, who lived on the street for 30 years, said she never saw the Woods family all that much.

Zado added that Woods' husband has been living in the house without their children.

Hope had held out

Even up to this week, friends and family of Dorothy Woods were still optimistic that she would come home, or that they would find her.

Sandy Lukowich, a friend of Woods, is in complete shock over the news.

“She loved life, she loved everybody that was in her life.” she said, clearly distraught.

"Nobody has the right to do that. No one, not to such a beautiful woman as Dorothy."

Lukowich said Woods was extremely popular and will be missed by many people.

Her brother Lawrence was still putting up posters in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary on the day her body was found.

Searches were still being actively conducted up to the end of last year.

Family and friends such as Woods' roller derby team mates even put on a candlelight vigil in late November.

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With files from News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll, Ashley Wills and Bre McAdam.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll and Chris Morin.

Left: Dorothy Woods, photo taken from poster. Right: Friends and supporters praying for Woods' safe return, taken Nov. 26 by News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll.