Man charged in Carmelita Abraham homicide


2022-01-17 09:23 PST

A Quesnel man has now been charged in the disappearance and subsequent homicide of Carmelita Abraham.

On January 4, 2022, the Williams Lake RCMP received a missing persons report regarding Carmelita Abraham. Investigators were able confirm that Carmelita left Williams Lake for Quesnel on December 27 or 28, 2021.

On January 10, 2022, investigators from the BC RCMP-North District Major Crime Unit attended Quesnel and took conduct of the investigation with assistance from the Quesnel and Williams Lake RCMP, Cariboo Crime Reduction Unit, the North District General Investigation Section and Forensic Identification Sections.

Based on the totality of the information, the investigation turned from a missing persons investigation into a suspected homicide. The investigation continued to develop and on January 13, 51-year-old Quesnel resident, Joseph Simpson, was arrested.

On January 14, the BC Prosecution Service charged Simpson with murder and indignity to human remains in relation to the death of Carmelita. Simpson has been held in custody pending a future court date.

Superintendent Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the BC RCMP Major Crime Unit states, This is a tragic incident that occurred between Joseph Simpson and Carmelita Abraham who were known to one another. We would like to extend our appreciation for the assistance and support from businesses and witnesses in this matter.

Given this matter is now before the court, no further information will be released at this time.

Released by:

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-4134
Cell: 604-657-5730
Fax: 778-290-6114



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