Manitoba RCMP charge Thompson man with 1st-degree murder in 2019 killing of Bobbie Lynn Moose

Manitoba RCMP have charged a man with first-degree murder in a case of a Thompson woman who disappeared nearly two years ago.

29-year-old mother of two was was dropped off by her sister at the Thompson Walmart on Oct.1, 2019

Bobbie Lynn Lee Moose was found dead in Thompson on Oct. 17, 2019. (Submitted by Manitoba RCMP)

Manitoba RCMP have charged a man with first-degree murder in a case of a Thompson woman who disappeared nearly two years ago.

Jack Clarence Flett, 52, was arrested in Thompson, Man. on July 28, 2021 at approximately 4 p.m. CT. 

"One year and nine months was an emotional journey. We posted about Bobbie every day that went by," said Hazel Moose, Bobbie Lynn Moose's sister.

"Words cannot explain how my family and I feel. We are relieved that our prayers have been answered, thanks to the Major Crimes Unit."

Moose's family flew into Winnipeg to attend the RCMP press conference, as well as the Chief of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Marcel Moody. 

"The last thing we wanted was for this case to go cold," Moody said.

"We're glad the investigation took a positive turn. Now, this case is before the court ... I'm happy there's going to be an end to this case, and hopefully justice gets served.

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Manitoba RCMP lay 1st-degree charge after 2019 killing of Bobbie Lynn Moose

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Manitoba RCMP Supt. Michael Koppang thanks officers and family of Bobbie Lynn Moose, after police charged a man with first-degree murder in Moose's death. Moose, a 29-year-old mother of two, was killed in 2019. 1:18

Moody noted Flett is from Split Lake and may have been friends with Moose.

Moose and Flett were known to each other, RCMP confirmed. 

Flett was transferred to Winnipeg on July 31, and is being held in custody.

Significant break in the case

Police aren't saying how or when they believe Moose was killed, as the case is now before the courts. They say a significant break in the case was made that led to Flett being charged, and it involves forensic evidence. 

"As the charge indicates there is a degree of premeditation to this," said Supt. Michael Koppang, who is in charge of Manitoba RCMP major crime services.

Koppang said the gap of 16 days between when Moose was last seen to when her body was found made the case difficult, but said the community was very helpful in the investigation.

"We spoke to hundreds and hundreds of people. And from what I got from the team, there was not a single person that didn't want to talk to us and do their utmost best to try and fill in those gaps," Koppang said.

RCMP said they conducted more than 400 interviews and watched over 50,000 hours of surveillance video. There was also a large media campaign during the investigation that included radio ads and billboards, as wells as the distribution of 1,000 pamphlets in Cree.

Dropped off at Thompson Walmart

The 29-year-old mother of two was dropped off by her sister at the Thompson Walmart on Oct.1, 2019.

She planned to stay with friends in the northern Manitoba city, about 650 kilometres north of Winnipeg, for three weeks. 

Her body was found near Nelson Road over two weeks later. 

Moose's death devastated her family and her home community, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, 65 kilometres west of Thompson. In the days following her death, about 200 people attended a vigil in Thompson to remember her.

"Bobbie was our beautiful sister, who was a kind, humble and loving person," said Hazel Moose.

"She will be greatly missed."

A year after her death, police put out a public plea for information, saying they had interviewed more than 300 people, sent pamphlets to all residents in Thompson in Cree and English, and placed messages on radio stations across the region.

Moose was described by police and family as outgoing and trusting, which could have been seen as an opportunity by her killer, police said.