Winnipeg police charge man with 2nd-degree murder in the death of Danielle Harper

Police have deemed the death last month of Danielle Harper a homicide and a 51-year-old man has been charged.

Woman with cognitive disability found dead in rooming house July 23

Danielle Harper's body was found in a North End rooming house on July 23. (Submitted by Winnipeg Police Service)

Winnipeg police have charged a 51-year-old man in the death last month of Danielle Harper.

The body of Harper, 35, was found in a rooming house on Manitoba Avenue, in Winnipeg's North End, on July 23.

She had gone missing 11 days earlier from the nearby Point Douglas neighbourhood, and police issued a news release asking for the public's help in locating her. 

Harper had a cognitive disability that made her vulnerable to people, her sister Amber told CBC News at a vigil one week after Harper's body was found.

On Wednesday, police said they believe Harper had gone into a suite belonging to Silas Ammaklak the same evening she disappeared.

Soon afterwards, she was severely assaulted and died from her injuries, police said.

Ammaklak has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police said they do not believe he and Harper knew one another prior to that evening.

Harper's death brings the total number of homicides in Winnipeg to 29 so far in 2020.