More than three years after Sheree Fertuck was last seen, her estranged husband — long believed by police to be responsible — has been charged with murder.Gregory Mitchell Fertuck was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the December 2015 death of the 51-year-old mother of three. He was also charged with one count of committing an indignity to human remains, according to RCMP Supt. Derek Williams on Tuesday at a press conference in Regina.He was arrested Monday around 6:30 p.m. without incident on the outskirts of Saskatoon, Williams said. He is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in Saskatoon provincial court.
Williams said it is “unusual” that a first-degree murder charge is laid without a body being found but that the Crown was confident in the available evidence to lay such a charge in this case. There have been successful prosecutions in similar situations, Williams added.The search for the remains of Sheree Fertuck is ongoing, Williams said. Her family was notified Monday of the arrest and murder charge.“This has gone on for almost three-and-a-half years. They were pleased with the outcome of the investigation, the fact that we’ve laid charges,” Williams said.“Obviously it still remains tragic and we still need to find Sheree’s body to bring that closure to the family.”Williams said hundreds of hours were spent on the “complex” investigation, with members of the major crimes and historical crimes units involved.“Any homicide investigation is complex at its nature, especially historical cases. They do take a long time to collect the evidence necessary to lay a charge,” Williams said.“After this period of time, we were successful in laying a charge.”Fertuck went missing on Dec. 7, 2015 near her mother’s home in Kenaston, about 80 kilometres south of Saskatoon. She was at work, hauling rock at a gravel pit that day. A lunch date with family members was the last time anyone saw her.Fertuck’s mother found her abandoned gravel truck at the pit the following morning, with her keys, cellphone and coat inside the unlocked vehicle. After searching the pit for more than one hour, the family reported her missing to RCMP. Family, friends and police conducted an extensive ground search, but no sign of Sheree Fertuck was found.
Sheree Fertuck was reported missing in December 2015, and RCMP confirmed on April 11, 2016 that investigators were treating the case as a homicide
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Police in 2016 said investigators came to the conclusion that the case was a homicide “after lengthy searches, analysis of evidence and overall investigation into her disappearance.”According to civil court documents filed in 2016, police believed Fertuck was killed by her estranged husband. At that time and through his lawyer, Gregory Fertuck — who was separated from Sheree when she disappeared — denied the RCMP’s claims in the court file.Gregory Fertuck was named in a production order seeking access to a family law file. In the production order, dated Jan. 19, 2016, RCMP Cpl. Jeremy Anderson stated he had “reasonable grounds to believe” Gregory Fertuck committed the offence of murder.The production order was contained in a civil action at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench by Sheree Fertuck’s son Lucas, who was seeking to be appointed property guardian for her affairs under The Missing Persons and Presumption of Death Act, so he could file her taxes, pay her bills and otherwise take care of her property and financial matters. His two sisters supported his application to be appointed property guardian, he wrote.In an affidavit dated March 20, 2016 and filed in support of the application, Lucas Fertuck said Gregory Fertuck attempted to cash in joint investments.
RCMP searched a slough near Kenaston in December 2015 after the disappearance on Dec. 7, 2015 of Sheree Fertuck (RCMP)
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