The Francois Lake ferry was closed in the morning of May 18 while police were at the scene of a possible homicide on the Southside.

Charges laid in Burns Lake homicide

Albert Giesbrecht has been charged with first-degree murder

Albert Giesbrecht, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Raymond George Bishop, 59.

The Burns Lake RCMP found Bishop deceased on the Southside on May 18, 2017 after receiving multiple calls from local residents at around 6:30 a.m. North District Major Crime and forensic experts were called to the community to assist the Burns Lake RCMP with this investigation.

School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) was advised by the RCMP to initiate a ‘hold and secure’ procedure at both Francois Lake Elementary and Grassy Plains schools early that morning. Bus runs were cancelled and students that were already on busses were returned home.

Just after 9 a.m., the RCMP advised the school district that the ‘hold and secure’ could be lifted as there was no threat to public safety. Parents were encouraged to take their kids to school since there were no busses running that morning.

The Francois Lake ferry was temporarily shut down while police were at the scene of the homicide. The ferry service reopened later that morning.

Giesbrecht is scheduled to make a court appearance on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in the Burns Lake Provincial Court.

Police wish to remind the public that anyone with information on this homicide to call the Burns Lake RCMP at 250-692-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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