Youth arrested for murder of Brandie Vittrekwa

Police have arrested someone for the murder of 17-year-old Brandie Vittrekwa. The young offender is scheduled to appear in court today. Whitehorse RCMP are not releasing the suspect's age or gender.

Police have arrested someone for the murder of 17-year-old Brandie Vittrekwa.

The young offender is scheduled to appear in court today. Whitehorse RCMP are not releasing the suspect’s age or gender.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the release of information that could lead to the identification of an accused under the age of 18.

Vittrekwa’s body was discovered on Dec. 8 on a walking trail in the McIntyre subdivision of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation community in Whitehorse.

Not long after her death, police announced they had a suspect. He was arrested on unrelated charges.

It is not clear whether this is the same person who now will face charges related to Vittrekwa’s murder.

Vittrekwa had attended Porter Creek Secondary School. She was born in Fort McPherson, N.W.T., and spent some time growing up in Old Crow before coming to Whitehorse.

After her death, friends remembered her as a happy, caring and charming teen.

Hundreds of Yukoners attended a memorial service.

“The RCMP would like to thank those persons from the public who have contributed to the safety of their community by providing information that has assisted the police with this investigation,” the RCMP said in a news release this morning.

“Police continue to urge anyone who has information regarding this incident, or any other crime, to contact the Whitehorse RCMP as soon as possible at (867) 667-5555.”

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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