Warning: This contains details that some may find disturbing.
According to Charlottetown Police, two people from southeastern PEI have been arrested and charged in connection with the disappearance of Summer Kneebone.
In a news release Thursday, police said Donald Roy Holmes, 44, and Samantha Jemima Parlee-Buell, 32, are both from Pembroke, just north of Murray Harbor in southeastern P.E.I.
They were arrested in New Glasgow, NS.
Police said they were arrested under Section 182(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada accused of interfering with a corpse or human remains.
Police said they have not yet found Kneebone, but their investigation leads them to believe he has died.
“What our research has given us [with] is the likelihood that that occurred,” Charlottetown Police Chief Brad MacConnell said.
“It’s hard to hear and think about, but based on what we’ve learned through our research, that’s what we believe right now.
“Again, we have not located Summer, so there is no certainty about that, and we hope that through this arrest and the continued investigation, we can get those answers and get a clear picture of what happened here.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing and they are urging anyone who has had contact with Holmes and Parlee-Buell since August 5 to contact Charlottetown police.
“Our thoughts, as a law enforcement agency, are with Summer’s family and friends at this time as they hear this difficult news as this situation unfolds,” MacConnell said.
“We hope this step helps them get closer to some closure, if that’s even possible in a circumstance like this.”
Missing since August 7
Kneebone, 27, has been missing since August 7. Police, family, friends and volunteers have been searching for her since she was reported missing a week later.
Kneebone’s phone and bank cards have not been used since the night he disappeared. Video footage of her showed her walking along Charlottetown’s University Avenue that night, before she was detected traveling as a passenger in two different vehicles.
A man driving the second vehicle was interviewed last week as a “person of interest” and this week police interviewed a second person of interest, a woman known to the driver.
Police did not say whether the two people interviewed earlier are the same people who have been charged.