Monday, April 15, 2024

Nanaimo RCMP lay charges against in connection to 2-year-long missing person investigation


Nanaimo RCMP announced charges have been laid in connection to a 2-year long investigation into the disappearance of 33-year-old Sidney Mantee. 

Mantee was reported as a missing person in October 2020 and had not been seen since March of that year.

According to police, Mantee was a resident on Rosehill Street in Nanaimo but had told people he may have been moving to Victoria. 

His family, who lives in Saskatchewan, contacted Nanaimo RCMP to express their concern for his well-being.

According to Mantee’s family, he had not had contact with them since March 2020, which was out of character for him.

Last May, police revealed his case had changed from a missing person case to a homicide investigation.

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Now, RCMP have confirmed charges have been laid against Mantee’s former girlfriend. 

On March 9th 2022, the BC Prosecution Service approved charges of first degree murder and indignity to human remains, both in relation to the murder and disappearance of Mantee.

26-year-old Paris Laroche was arrested the same day and remains in police custody. She will appear later today in Nanaimo Provincial Court. 

According to police, the weeks and months following Mantee’s disappearance were filled with the investigations of several locations and dozens of tips were followed up on in order to gather evidence related to the homicide. 

Police said they would not be releasing any further information.

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