British Columbia suspect arrested, charged with first-degree murder in Megan Gallagher's death

British Columbia suspect arrested, charged with first-degree murder in Megan Gallagher’s death

Saskatoon police say a man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Megan Gallagher.

Vice President Randy Huisman said officers arrested suspect Robert “Bobby” James Thomas, 27, at a home in Prince George, British Columbia Tuesday morning.

He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being transferred to Saskatoon. Police say he will appear in a Saskatoon regional court later this week.

Gallagher’s body was never found.

Deputy Police Chief Randy Huisman says Saskatoon police will search a portion of the southern Saskatchewan River that has been identified as an area of ​​interest. (Don Somers/CBC)

“We will continue to do everything in our power to locate Meg and find those responsible for her death,” Huisman told reporters.

He says police will begin searching for an area along the South Saskatchewan River that has been identified as an area of ​​interest.

Gallagher was last seen on September 19, 2020, when she left a friend’s house in the West End of Saskatoon. Her family last saw her the day before, when she was on their farm outside town.

A police report was filed on September 30.

Four people arrested in connection with her disappearance are already facing charges of insulting human remains.

“We anticipate that there will be additional charges because this investigation is far from over. We will continue to work to try and bring Meghan home. That is our goal,” the major crimes sergeant said. Grant Obst said.

“The Gallagher family was – I can’t think of a word. We’ve been involved in a number of murder investigations but a lot of the time there hasn’t been a family. That would be just the opposite. We’ve had a lot of respect and a friendly relationship with them. Without them I wouldn’t know. Where would we be?”

Sgt. Grant Obst says Saskatoon police will continue to work to try to bring Meghan home. (Don Somers/CBC)

Obst said Thomas is known to police and has “an important connection to Saskatoon despite the fact that the arrest was in British Columbia”, and may have had some gang affiliation.

Obst has not commented on Meghan’s previous relationship with Thomas.

“There will be a loose relationship [between Thomas] for a number of them [suspects already arrested],” He said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police or Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

‘The pain is hard to describe’

Speaking to the media, Meghan’s father, Brian Gallagher, said words could not describe the family’s feelings following the news of the arrest.

He said, “The truth of all of this is that he will never bring Meghan home. We will never hug Meghan again, and we will never laugh with Meghan again. We will never see her beautiful smile again. And as promised on Father’s Day, we will never play catch again.”

Gallagher’s parents, Debbie and Brian, along with her sister Lindsey Bishop spoke with reporters on Tuesday. Brian Gallagher says the silence about his daughter’s disappearance is killing them. (Don Somers/CBC)

He said that while he doesn’t like going down a rabbit hole, he can’t stop thinking about why people are killed.

“Meghan was a very special soul,” he said. “Five people have been arrested in the last two years, but how do you live in secrecy. It is hard to describe the pain it has inflicted on so many of us.

“This just has to stop. Silence is killing us literally and figuratively and it’s just a fact.

“Breaking the Silence works. The events we helped are one of the main reasons people get tips and get people arrested. Breaking the Silence builds community.”

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