RCMP investigating homicide on Sandy Bay First Nation
Published Tuesday, August 2, 2011 2:40PM CST
RCMP are now treating the death of a woman on the Sandy Bay First Nation as a homicide. Officers say the body was found at around 8 a.m. on Saturday.
RCMP have identified the victim as 32-year-old Roberta McIvor.
"[She's] somebody's mother, somebody's sister, somebody's daughter. It's not just somebody, it's my niece," said Charlene McIvor, who is the victim's aunt.
Family also said McIvor was decapitated. She had to be identified by her unique tattoos.
"They wouldn't let anyone close by to go and see the body," said Charlene McIvor. "They had to identify her through pictures."
Roberta McIvor's aunt said her niece leaves behind her 14-year-old daughter, who she called her number one priority and ‘her life.'
The RCMP major crime and forensic identification teams are investigating the death. They said an autopsy will be completed in Winnipeg Sunday.
The Sandy Bay First Nation is located 90 kilometers north of Portage La Prairie on the western shore of Lake Manitoba.
The chief of Sandy Bay First Nation said McIvor attended a party on Friday night. They believe finding out who she left the party with could help solve the homicide case.
-- with a report from CTV's Jillian Taylor