Six people charged in connection to Anahim Lake homicides

Provincial Crown Counsel has approved charges against six people in connection to the Boxing Day homicides in Anahim Lake.

  • Dec. 29, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The North District Major Crime Unit (NDMCU) in partnership with the BC Coroner Service has identified 23-year-old Matthew Hennigar and 22-year-old Kalvin Andy as the victims of a double homicide in Anahim Lake just before midnight on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

Provincial Crown Counsel has approved charges against six people in relation to the investigation.

They include Everett O’Reilly, 27, first degree murder, Christian Craciun, 28, second degree murder, Andrew Jongbloets, 25, second degree murder, Serena Rhem, 26, second degree murder, Lucille Mack, 33, manslaughter and Stephen Mecham, 22, manslaughter.

It is anticipated Mecham and Mack will appear in Williams Lake provincial court Monday, Dec. 29, and the other four will appear in court in Williams Lake on Dec. 30, the RCMP said.

The public is asked for any information that will help the major crime unit determine a time line for O’Reilly, Jongbloets, Rhem and Craciun from the time of the offence at 11:53 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 until the time of their arrests around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27.

RCMP media relations Dave Tyreman said they were all arrested without incident along a public road in Anahim Lake.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Anahim Lake RCMP at 250-742-3211.