by Arshia Alexander
B.C. Derek Lee Matthew Favell, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, following the discovery of his girlfriend’s body, five years after she went missing.
The victim, Ashley Marie Simpson, was 32 when she was last seen in Vernon, B.C., in April 2016.
The 39-year-old is due to appear in court in Kamloops, B.C., later this week and remains in custody.
According to Simpson’s family, the victim and her boyfriend had recently moved to a trailer park in Salmon Arm, B.C, and they had many fights around the time that she went missing.
Her family said that police did not have any suspects for the case for some time and considered the disappearance as foul play.
In a statement, Simpson’s father, John, said
“We always had hope that, against all odds, Ashley would return to us.”
“As a father, I can tell you, no one can be prepared for the news that their daughter was found murdered and left to rot in the ground. But we are grateful that she will be returning to us so she can finally be laid to rest in a place where her family and friends can visit her.”
Recent data from the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains shows that British Colombia had the highest number of missing adults per capita last year, with 239 reports per 100,000 people.