CORRECTION: IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Frank Jang has issued a correction saying that Bonin is a native of Prince George and was most recently living in Rycroft, Alberta. A previous version of this article stated that Bonin was originally from Rycroft.
KELOWNA, B.C. — A Dawson Creek man is one of three facing first degree murder charges in connection with the death of a 20 year-old man originally from Prince George last Spring.
On the morning of April 20, 2017, the RCMP were called out after the body of a man was found on a forest service road north of Hope in the Fraser Valley. The deceased was identified as 20 year-old Michael Bonin, a native of Prince George who was most recently living in Rycroft, Alberta.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take over the investigation after Bonin’s death was deemed suspicious. After a nine-month investigation, IHIT announced that charges have been laid in connection with Bonin’s death.
27-year-old Dawson Creek resident Jared Jorgenson was arrested in the Mile ‘0’ City last Friday. He along with 26 year-old Vancouver resident Ryan Watt, and 20-year-old Joshua Fleurant of Prince George have each been charged with first degree murder. The three appeared before a B.C. Provincial Court Judge in Kelowna on Monday.
“IHIT investigators worked tirelessly to advance this investigation and the complexity was such that a successful resolution would not have been possible without the support of our many partners,” said IHIT spokesperson Corporal Frank Jang. “We are hopeful that this can now help the family of Mr. Bonin begin their journey towards the healing process.”
At a press conference in Surrey on Monday, Cpl. Jang stated that the victim and the three accused knew one another, and are known to police. Court records show that both Bonin and Fleurant were charged with stealing a car in Kamloops on March 31st last year, less than a month before Bonin’s body was discovered.
Cpl. Jang said in a press release that investigators believe that this homicide was not a random incident, although he would not get into specifics of the case as the matter is now before the courts.
IHIT also released the following statement from Bonin’s mother:
Michael did not deserve to die. He was a loving, helpful and loyal young man who had lots to live for. The pain of losing Michael will never go away and many lives have been changed by this selfish act. I hope those responsible for taking Michael’s life are held accountable. I would like to thank the IHIT investigators for all their dedication and hard work in solving Michael’s murder.