Update – Manitoba RCMP look to the public for help with double homicide - March 20 Media Rlease

On March 20, 2024, RCMP Major Crime Services investigators participated in a smudge ceremony at the site of the double homicide that occurred on September 9, 2021. After the smudge, investigators began a search at the site.

“While we recognize that a significant amount of time has passed and that the remains of the home have been removed from the site, we know there is evidence to be recovered that will assist with our investigation into the murder of Brent Denechezhe and Leona Tssessaze,” said lead investigator Constable David Giroux. “The smudge allowed us to connect with the community, remember Leona and Brent, and really get prepared for the task at hand, and we thank the community for including us in the ceremony.”

The search is expected to last for two days, and officers continue to speak to people in the community.

The RCMP is still looking for information in relation to these homicides. Specifically, investigators want to speak to anyone who has knowledge of anyone leaving the community right after the murders and has not returned. In addition, police would like to speak to anyone who saw someone leaving Brent’s house between 4:30-5:30 am on September 9, 2021 – the day Brent and Leona were killed.

“We also have received information that people are sharing a photograph on Snapchat of Leona, which  was taken shortly before her death,” said Constable Giroux. “We know this photo exists, but we have not seen it. We would really like to see that photo and speak to anyone who has any information related to it.”

Police continue to ask people to come forward with any information. Officers continue to progress the investigation, but need the community’s help to get answers for Brent and Leona’s families.

If you have any information, please call the dedicated RCMP tip line at 431-489-8112, or speak to an officer in the community.