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Remains of 1990 homicide victim found: Prince George RCMP

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Mounties in Prince George, B.C., say human stays present in a park within the metropolis in October have been recognized as these of a lady killed greater than 30 years in the past.

Police and the BC Coroners Service have recognized the stays – which had been discovered by a member of the general public on Connaught Hill in October – as belonging to Donna Charlie, based on a information launch from Prince George RCMP.

Charlie was killed in 1990, and a jury convicted her then-boyfriend Gerald Smaaslet of second-degree homicide. The B.C. Court of Appeal later overturned that conviction and ordered a brand new trial, at which level Smaaslet pleaded responsible to manslaughter, based on courtroom paperwork. 

“Though this preliminary investigation resulted in a conviction, it remained an open file with our Missing Persons Unit till such time because the final of the stays had been positioned,” mentioned Cpl. Jennifer Cooper within the launch.

Police didn’t share any further particulars on the case, saying solely that Charlie’s household had been notified of the invention of her stays.


Further info on Charlie’s loss of life may be present in a 2007 courtroom judgment towards Smaaslet, wherein he was declared a harmful offender and sentenced to “detention within the penitentiary for an indeterminate interval.”

According to the courtroom resolution, Charlie was reported lacking by her sister in September 1990. She had final been seen leaving Ingenika, B.C., with Smaaslet on Aug. 30, 1990.

The courtroom paperwork point out that Smaaslet and Charlie checked into the Sportsman Hotel in Prince George on Aug. 31, 1990. She was final seen alive on Sept. 2, 1990, when the lodge supervisor “noticed that their room was significantly broken and that Ms. Charlie had a bloody face,” based on the choice.

On Sept. 3, Smaaslet instructed lodge employees he didn’t wish to be disturbed, and on Sept. 4, he checked out.

“The subsequent day, the cleansing employees discovered a horrible stench within the room and blood stains on the partitions, flooring, chair, bedding, and within the lavatory,” the courtroom resolution reads. “There was a head-sized gap with hair and blood within the ceramic tiles across the bathtub, and the faucets and bathe rod had been damaged.”

The courtroom paperwork point out that Smaaslet hid Charlie’s physique within the bushes behind the lodge till Sept. 7, when he and a nephew disposed of it.

“They dug a shallow grave in Ingledew Park throughout from the lodge,” the choice reads. “As they dragged her decomposing physique over to the grave her head got here off. They shovelled the top right into a white bucket they discovered at a close-by residence constructing and buried it close by in Connaught Park.”

Though Charlie’s physique was present in 1991, her head had not been recovered as of the 2007 resolution.

“Due to the superior state of decomposition and the lacking head, the trigger of loss of life couldn’t be decided,” the choice reads. 



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