Grande Prairie man charged with second-degree murder in deaths of two women

A man has been arrested in connection to the deaths of 24-year-old Amber Dawn Diebert, whose body was found in a rural area northwest of Grande Prairie Dec. 11, and Jody Topilko, who was reported missing Dec. 8.

Body of one victim found in rural area Dec. 11

Mark Phillips, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Amber Diebert, 24, (left) and Jody Topilko, 30. (RCMP)

A Grande Prairie man has been charged in connection to the deaths of  two women.

The body of 24-year-old Amber Dawn Diebert  was found in a rural area northwest of Grande Prairie Dec. 11.  Jody Michelle Topilko was reported missing Dec. 8.

Mark Phillips, 28, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Diebert and Topilko were acquaintances, police say.

Phillips will appear in provincial court in Grande Prairie on Dec. 21.

The Grande Prairie RCMP detachment and major crimes unit are working together on the investigation.

Topilko was last seen on Nov. 29, shopping with a family member. 

Phillips, meanwhile, was arrested in October 2014 when investigators seized nearly 2,000 fentanyl pills from a Grande Prairie home. He was released on bail in July.

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