On February 23rd a man was transported to Flin Flon General Hospital with serious injuries. At the time it was reported to the hospital and police that he had been in a snowmobile accident while traveling to a remote camp 30 kilometers west of Creighton. The man from Pelican Narrows later died as a result of his injuries.
RCMP members from Creighton and Pelican Narrows, with assistance from the RCMP Major Crimes Unit North, Forensic Identification Unit from The Pas and the Manitoba Medical Examiner investigated and determined 39 year old John James Ballantyne was a victim of a homicide.
24 year old Thurston Jack Thomas of Pelican Narrows has been charged with second degree murder and is to appear in Provincial Court in La Ronge today.