New Brunswick

RCMP make arrest in homicide of Sussex-area teen

A person has been arrested in connection with the homicide of Sussex-area teen Michael Kraszewski, RCMP confirmed on Thursday.

Person arrested Thursday in Sussex in connection with death of Michael Kraszewski, 16

Michael Tristan Kraszewski, a Grade 11 student at Sussex Regional High School, was found dead at his Picadilly home on Dec. 18. (Submitted by Wallace Funeral Home)

A person has been arrested in connection with the homicide of Sussex-area teen Michael Kraszewski, RCMP confirmed on Thursday.

The body of the 16-year-old was discovered in his Picadilly home, about 85 kilometres northeast of Saint John, on Dec. 18, after police received a 911 call, around 9:30 p.m.

No one else was in the house on Orchard Crescent when officers arrived.

Members of the RCMP's major crime unit arrested a person in a parking lot in Sussex on Thursday, said Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh.

She declined to release any other details, including whether the person in custody is a male or female, or whether the arrest was the result of a tip, but did say she expected to be able to provide an update on Friday.

It's too soon to speculate whether charges are pending, said Rogers-Marsh.

The investigation is continuing, she said.

On Dec. 27, the major crime unit requested the public's help in locating a vehicle of interest in connection with the investigation.

A vehicle with a loud exhaust was heard near Michael's home on Orchard Crescent about 30 minutes before police received the 911 call.

RCMP responded to a 911 call to the victim's home on Orchard Crescent, but no one else was in the house when officers arrived and found his body. (Hadeel Ibrahim/CBC)

Investigators were asking to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle or witnessed anyone entering or exiting Michael's home that night.

Rogers-Marsh could not immediately say on Thursday whether RCMP are still searching for the vehicle.

No information about how the teen died has been released.

Police originally deemed the Grade 11 Sussex Regional High School student's death as suspicious, but after an autopsy determined the cause of death, they began investigating it as a homicide.