New Brunswick

N.B. man pleads guilty in 2 cold case homicides

A 38-year-old man has pleaded guilty in connection with two cold case deaths in Moncton on Monday.

A 38-year-old man has pleaded guilty in connection with two cold case homicides in a Moncton courtroom on Monday.

David Joseph Ouellette entered his plea in the Court of Queen's Bench. He had been charged in November with second-degree murder in the death of Douglas James Edgett and manslaughter in the death of Cheryl Pyne.

Edgett's body was found along a wooded road off the Pacific Junction Road near Moncton in the winter of 1991. Pyne was last seen in 2004.

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 1.

Ouellette is now in prison in Renous, N.B., serving a 10-year sentence for assault causing bodily harm. He still has seven years left to serve.

Cpl. Mike Gaudet said in a statement that solving these cold cases can offer families closure in the deaths of their relatives.

"Mr. Ouellette was involved with these two individuals, if you will," Gaudet explained Monday. "[He] was a suspect or was part of the investigation at an … earlier stage of the investigations.

"Along with the evidence and along with the further testimony of different witnesses, Mr. Ouellette was found to be the individual responsible for both."

According to the RCMP website, Edgett disappeared on Feb. 23, 1991, off Pacific Junction Road near Moncton on a day when temperatures reached -37 C.

The 25-year-old Moncton man was found three days later lying face down by a snowmobile.

Pyne worked in Moncton as a prostitute and was last seen in June 2004. Her mother was slain the following year.