Charges laid in death of Amy Watts


2023-01-17 11:58 PST

File # 2021-19252

Following an 18-month long investigation in the disappearance of 26-year-old Amy Watts, a charge of Manslaughter has been approved against her former boyfriend, 38-year-old Kyle Gordon Ordway.

On January 16, 2023, Nanaimo Crown Counsel, in close consultation with the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit, approved the charge against Ordway. watts was originally from Prince Edward Island and had moved to Vancouver Island several years prior. She was in a relationship with Ordway up until her disappearance in May of 2021.

Ordway is currently in custody on an unrelated matter. His next court appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on the Manslaughter charge has not been determined.

The investigation into Watts' disappearance and death required significant time and police resources. In the weeks and months following Amy Watts' disappearance, investigators, utilizing significant resources and expertise, exhaustively searched several locations, and followed up on dozens of tips in order to gather evidence related to this matter.

Given that this mater is now before the courts and that an individual has been formally charged and is before the courts, police will not be providing any additional information with regards to the investigation, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-4460 Ext. 4533
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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