Arrest made and charges laid in the Onotera investigation

Langley, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2021-12-17 15:00 PST

File # 2021-1125

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has made an arrest with charges being laid by the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) in the Onotera investigation.

Langley: Naomi Onotera was reported last seen on August 28, 2021. The Langley RCMP conducted an extensive missing persons investigation that lead to the determination that foul play was suspected. On September 13, 2021, IHIT took conduct of the investigation and worked collaboratively with the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and other specialized units from E-Division. As part of that initial investigation, an extensive search was completed at Naomi Onotera’s residence and evidence was recovered.

IHIT continued the investigation for approximately three months utilizing several different specialized units from E-Division collecting additional evidence. The investigation was presented to the BC Prosecution Service which lead to a charge of Manslaughter and Indignity to human remains being laid against 49-year-old Obnes Regis.

On December 17, 2021, homicide investigators arrested Mr. Regis and he remains in custody. This matter is now before the Courts.

We understand the community has been anxious for answers and this has been a difficult time for Naomi’s friends, family and the community as whole, said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, we hope this arrest provides some answers and assuages some fears.


Released by

Sgt. David Lee

Integrated Homicide Investigations Team (IHIT)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-4554
Fax: 778-290-6102


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