Nanaimo RCMP report that 37-year-old Victoria Simpson, who was reported missing by her family, has been located safe and sound. Thank you to every one who helped in the search. Her family is eternally grateful.
R/Cst Gary O’Brien
Nanaimo RCMP Media Relations Officer
Following an 18-month long investigation in the disappearance of 26-year-old Amy WATTS, a charge of Manslaughter has been approved against her former boyfriend, 38-year-old Kyle Gordon ORDWAY.
On January 16, 2023, Nanaimo Crown Counsel, in close consultation with the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit, approved the charge against ORDWAY. Amy WATTS was originally from Prince Edward Island and had moved to Vancouver Island several years prior. She was in a relationship with ORDWAY up until her disappearance in May of 2021.
ORDWAY is in custody on an unrelated matter. His next court appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on the Manslaughter charge has not been determined.
The investigation into WATTS’ disappearance and death required significant time and police resources. In the weeks and months following Amy WATTS’ disappearance, investigators, utilizing significant resources and expertise, exhaustively searched several locations, and followed up on dozens of tips in order to gather evidence related to this matter.
Given that this mater is now before the courts and that an individual has been formally charged and is before the courts, police will not be providing any additional information with regards to the investigation, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
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The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Amanda Schilling, who has not been seen or heard from since December 26. She was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on January 6.
A family member told investigators that Schilling is believed to be homeless and may be associating with individuals of questionable character. Given her current situation, there is concern for her safety and well-being.
Schilling is Caucasian woman, 5 ft.5, 125 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Amanda Schilling, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2023-699.
Nanaimo RCMP staff play the role of Santa's elves in wrapping Christmas presents.
Local RCMP members make Christmas
just a little bit brighter for those in need
By R/Const Gary O’Brien
Media Relations, Nanaimo RCMP
Every Christmas season, officers and employees of the Nanaimo RCMP help make Christmas morning a little brighter for some families in Nanaimo. Const Brennon Hahn, a recent recruit to Nanaimo, stepped up along with others to deliver gifts and even a turkey for one such family. Nice touch Const Hahn with wearing your forge cap.
Of course the gifts don’t wrap themselves, so we extend a big thanks to Santa’s Elves who took time out of their busy lives to decorate and wrap the gifts.
We are fortunate to have jobs, a roof over our heads and food on our tables. Many don’t and for this reason, the detachment as a whole, throws their collective energy behind this heartfelt initiative to make it a success.
Charges have been laid in a hit and run collision from earlier this year which sent a 54-year woman to hospital with serious injuries, and injured one of her dogs that was with her. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 PM on March 4, 2022, on Lorenzen Lane in upper Lantzville.
The injured woman later told police she and her husband were walking single file facing traffic along with their two dogs when a vehicle approached from behind and struck her. The collision drove all four of them into the ditch. Before the suspect vehicle could drive off, her husband managed to obtain a partial plate and description of the suspect vehicle. EHS was called and transported the woman to hospital. One of her dogs later required a full knee replacement.
“The investigation was complicated and time consuming; however; investigators from the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit were tenacious and were able to identify the alleged driver and the vehicle involved”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
34-year-old Joel Salazar of Lantzville has been charged with the following criminal code offences:
Count # 1: Fail to Stop after accident and failing to offer assistance
Count # 2: Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm
Salazar has been served with a summons and is expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Tuesday January 31, 2023.
The Nanaimo RCMP is arguably one of the busiest detachments in BC. With a population of just over 100,000, the 150-plus officers assigned to work in Nanaimo, arrive each and every day committed to keeping the citizens of Nanaimo safe and out of harm's way.
"While this is fictional account of a 12-hour shift, it is not far from the truth fromwhat a front line responder can expect to deal with on any given shift, said R/Cst Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
4 p.m. The officer arrives at work and heads to the gym to hit the treadmill for 30 minutes.
5:30 p.m. Watch briefing. He greets his Watch mates with a heartfelt Merry Christmas while settling in for the daily briefing. At one point he reaches for his wallet and finds a hand-written note inside it from his 4-year-old daughter. The note says Daddy, I luv U, Bee Safe, C U in the morning. He smiles and tucks the note back in his wallet for safe keeping.
6 p.m. After a quick safety check of his vehicle he lets dispatch know he is 10-8 in service. Calls are already waiting.
7:45 p.m. The officer and one other officer respond to a domestic dispute between a man and woman inside a residence. They arrive to find the two embroiled in a heated argument over finances. There are no signs of a physical assault so one party is asked to leave for the night to cool off. The officers wait while the husband finds his keys and waits until the husband drives off. After offering Victim Services to the woman, he writes up his file in his vehicle, then lets dispatch know the two are both10-8. More calls await.
9:00 p.m. An emergency tone alert is activated. Aconvenience store owner has called 911 to report they were robbed by a man brandishing a knife. The officer is first on scene. The suspect has fled on foot so the officer calls for Police Dog Services to attend. Other officers secure the scene, take statements and review video surveillance, while the officer runs with the Police Dog and its handler. For 45 minutes then make their way through ankle deep mud and thick bramble bushes. The track stops abruptly at a clearing and is eventually called off by the handler. The officer returns to the store and discusses possible suspects with other officers. After writing up his involvement, he lets dispatch know that he is 10-8 in service and tries unsuccessfully to get the mud off his boots.. He eventually gives up. He also notices he ripped his patrol jacket while running with the Police Dog and has re-aggravated a previous lower back injury.
11 p.m. The officer conducts a traffic stop for a vehicle that has no tail lights. The 17-year-old driver receives a verbal warning and is sent on their way.
11:15 PM The officer patrols through downtown and notices that the bars appear to be full. He makes a mental note to ensure he and his Watch mates do some bar patrols later on.
11:30 p.m. While on patrol, the officer comes upon an individual lying face down on a sidewalk. The person is unconscious, their breathing is extremely shallow and their pulse is almost non-existent; the officer believes they are in the throws of an overdose that could be fatal. EHS is called to attend and he administers Naloxone. The person responds immediately. EHS arrives and transports the adult male to hospital for an assessment. The file is written up. Dispatch, I’m 10-8.
12:30 a.m. The officer and others park downtown and head on foot to check out the nightclubs. They talk to staff and scan the crowd for underage patrons and known trouble makers. All seems good and most seem to be in the Holiday spirit. Dispatch, were all 10-8 from the bar checks.
1:45 a.m. The officer assists with a report of a 3 vehicle crash south of town. EHS and Fire are on scene. One occupant has been thrown clear while two adults are still inside with relatively minor injuries. The officer detects a strong odor of liquor from the vehicle and the injured persons. The officer is the second car on scene and is tasked with taking pictures and obtaining witness statements. The officers close the highway to allow a medical air ambulance to safely land and transport one of the injured persons to hospital. Dispatch, I’m clear of the MVA.
4:15 a.m. The officer meets with two other officers for a long overdue coffee break at an all night coffee shop. They discuss their evening and the armed robbery from earlier, flushing out more info on possible suspects. 15 minutes into their coffee, their down time is cut short when a tone alerts them to areport of three men fighting in a nearby parking lot, one is bleeding and another may have a firearm. All officers respond leaving behind their coffees and bowls of soup. The individuals are located, arrested and searched for weapons. When the scene is secure, EHS responds to the injured party. One of the individuals is found with a loaded Beretta pistol shoved into his waist band. This individual is well known to the officers and will be appearing in Nanaimo Provincial Court in the AM on various weapons charges and several outstanding warrants. Dispatch, were clear of the fight,10-8.
5:45 a.m. The officer and a few others gather in a parking lot for a few minutes to take in the sunrise and discuss their Christmas plans. They remark it is the first Christmas in 5 years that they are not scheduled to work.
6:00 a.m. The officer heads back to the detachment and signs off. Dispatch, I am 10-7, off shift.
6:30 a.m. The officer arrives home. The first thing he does is checks in on his 4-year daughter who appears to be sleeping peacefully. He ensures the house is secure. He then takes a few minutes to admire their Christmas tree and the beautiful hand-made ornaments that his 4 year old made at daycare. He feels blessed.
6:35 a.m. He hits the sack and falls asleep instantly.
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R/Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
If you’re missing a heavy-duty metal construction tool box, the cops have it. A Traffic officer found the box on the side of the Island Highway on Dec. 9 near the intersection of Rutherford Road and the highway.
Another motorist told the officer the box had fallen out of the back of an orange pickup. The box has the name “Rok” engraved on the side and it contains a variety of brand name tools, most likely used and owned by a contractor.
If it’s yours or you have information, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-43056.
Const. Josh Waltman, left, and nental health nurse Lianne Rear accept the $4,800 cheque from Second Vice- President Brian Cornborough, centre, of the Central Vancouver Island Crime Stoppers program.
Central Vancouver Island Crime Stoppers has wholly endorsed an initiative presented to them by the Nanaimo RCMP Mental Heath Crisis Team. The proposal was to have a customized plastic glass divider installed in the backseat of their patrol car, referred to as Car 54.
When installed, the divider will allow a family member, mental health nurse or even an observer to ride safely along with an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The presence of a family member or trained mental health nurse has been shown to significantly reduce the negative impact of an individual who is having an active mental health crisis.
The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 38-year-old Peter Alexander of Nanaimo, who is wanted on an outstanding warrant from Port Alberni, and is involved in several ongoingcriminal investigations in Nanaimo.
The Port Alberni warrant stems from an incident in early February of 2022 in which Alexander was found to be in possession of a quantity of illegal drugs and a replica handgun. He was later released from custody but failed to comply with his release conditions, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.
Alexander is actively involved in criminal activity in Nanaimo and throughout central Vancouver Island, and should also be considered violent. Peter Alexander is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 10, 150 pounds with dark brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts ofPeter Alexander,pleasecall the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 or the Port Alberni RCMP non-emergency line at 250-723-2424.
82-year-old woman missing from her home
RCMP seek public help in locating 82-year-old Elizabeth Gilchrist who wandered away from her home overnight. Nanaimo Search and Rescue is conducting a ground search of the immediate area.
Gilchrist’s daughter arrived at her mother’s home in the Stephenson Point area just before 11 a.m. today and found the front door open and her mother was missing. She has significant medical issues and given her age and the current weather conditions, there is extreme concern for her safety and well-being.
Gilchrist is Caucasian, 5 ft. 4, with a slim build and platinum colored hair. The picture is recent and no clothing description was available.
If anyone sees Elizabeth Gilchrist, please call 911. If you have information that can assist in the investigation, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-43490.
Violent offender in custody,
ERT assists with search warrant
With the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), a search warrant was carried out at a residence well known to local Mounties for drugs, crime, and social disorder. The search warrant was executed at approximately 10:15 A.M. on Monday December 12,2022, at a home located in the 400 block of Murray St.
The search warrant was necessary to preserve evidence believed to be related to a violent stabbing that occurred on Saturday December 10 ,2022, at an apartment situated in the 600 block of Albert St. In that incident, at approximately 7:40 a.m., two suspects wearing masks, allegedly broke into the apartment and stabbed an adult man multiple times before fleeing. EHS attended and transported the victim to the Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The victim has since been released from hospital.
Later in the day on Saturday, while carrying out surveillance on a local home, police located and arrested one of the stabbing suspects in a stolen vehicle. 26-year-old Jordan White of Nanaimo was taken into police custody and the next day, charges were formally laid. White has been charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, Break and Enter, and Disguise with Intent. He remains in police custody and the search continues for the second stabbing suspect.
In the Murray St search warrant, ERT located and detained eleven adults, all of whomwere later released without charges. “ERT is utilized for situations where investigators believe there is a strong possibly of firearms being present and if the individuals involved are extremely violent”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien.
For some time, the Murray St residence has caused considerable pressure on nearby residents who have had to endure noise, disturbances at all hours of the day and countless visits by police. “The home is being considered as a nuisance property but has yet to receive that designation. The search warrant carried out today will certainly add more substance to our recommendation that it be declared a nuisance”, said O’Brien.
The home is no longer being held for evidence gathering. If anyone has information on the stabbing incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-43120.
RCMP need public assistance to find 54-year-old Kenneth Abramsen, who has not been seen or heard from since October 25, 2022. Investigators were told that for Abramsen to have no contact with his family for such an extended period of time is out of character. For this reason and given that he does not have a phone and is believed to be living out of a tent, there is concern for his safety and well-being.
Abramsen is Caucasian man, 6 ft. 3, 210 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Kenneth Abramsen, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-42169. MORE