Updated: Arrests made in Fribjon Bjornson homicide
The father of a young northern B.C. man who was tortured and decapitated says four arrests have been made nearly two years after his son's grisly murder.
The severed head of Fribjon Bjornson was found in a vacant house on the Nak'azdli reserve near Fort St. James on Feb. 3, 2012, three weeks after he was last seen about 60 kilometres away at a 7-Eleven in Vanderhoof, B.C.
Bjornson was 28 years old and a father of two. The rest of his body was never found.
Bjornson's father, Fred, told CBC News he got a call from authorities this weekend telling him four people are in custody.
I'm "relieved to know that they'll finally be off the street," he said.
Fred Bjornson said residents told him they were afraid of going to authorities with information because of retaliation.
"Because I knew every name, every person, from the time that my son was murdered until now," he said. "And I'm just glad that they're off the street."
"There's so many things that happen in the north, where it's just forgotten about the next day and people's lives just carry on. That wasn't the case with Fribjorn. We never let it rest."
Fred Bjornson says the death of his son has taken a toll on him and his family. "There's never been a day with any happiness since. Every day, every morning, you wake up with it, you live with it all day long, it haunts you in the middle of the night. It's constant. It's hard."
Bjornson said police will issue a news release on Monday with more details of the arrests.
Update: RCMP lay charges against four
The RCMP's North District's Major Crime Unit has confirmed four people have been arrested in connection to Bjornson's murder.
According to an RCMP release the charges are as followed:
- Wesley Dennis Duncan, 27, is charged with second degree murder;
- Jesse Darren Bird, 31, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and indignity to human remains;
- James David Charlie, 23, is charged with indignity to human remains
- Teresa Marie Charlie, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
The arrests were made over the weekend. All four will be in court in Prince George on November 18. RCMP say more arrests could be made as the investigation continues.
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