WARNING: This story contains disturbing details.
Manitoba RCMP are on scene and investigating five suspicious deaths at three different locations across southern Manitoba today. Deaths have been reported at highway 3 between Carman & Winkler, near St. Eustache at Highway 248 (north of PTH 424), and a residence in Carman.
The five people who died include three children and two women. The suspect and victims were all known to each other.
A 29-year-old male has been taken into custody and RCMP are saying there is no further threat to the public as it is believed he was the only person involved. At a media conference shortly after 4:30 p.m., RCMP released few details as the investigation is on-going.
Police said Carman RCMP found the body of a woman after responding to what was reported as a hit-and-run on Highway 3 early this morning. The woman's body was found near the highway.
Shortly after 10 a.m, Headingley RCMP were notified of a vehicle on fire on Highway 248. Before they could arrive, three children were pulled out of the burning vehicle by a witness. All three were declared deceased at the scene where the suspect was also arrested. This then led officers to a residence in Carman where the body of another woman was located.
- Highway 248, from the junction with Road 65N, to Main Street in St. Eustache, is now closed in both directions. The closure previously extended from the junction with Road 65N to one mile North of the junction.
- Highway 3, from Rd 29 N (Tobacco Creek Rd) to Rd 31 N, is also closed.
These closures are due to RCMP officers working on site.