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A Canadian previously charged with the murder of an Indigenous woman has been charged with killing three other women – two also confirmed to be Indigenous and one presumed to be.

Jeremy Skibicki was charged on May 18 and kept in custody after the partial remains of Rebecca Contois, 24, were found in a trash can near an apartment building. Contois lived in Winnipeg, but was a member of the O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, also known as Crane River.

Police at the time said they were not ruling out other victims. On Thursday, they said Skibicki had been charged with first-degree murder in three other deaths during the same short period in the spring.

Police said Morgan Beatrice Harris, 39, and Marcedes Myran, 26, were killed in the first week of May. Both women lived in Winnipeg and were members of the Long Plain First Nation.

Police say a fourth woman, unidentified but believed to be Indigenous, was killed on or around March 15. They posted a photo of a jacket similar to the one she was wearing.

“It’s always disturbing any time there’s some kind of serial murder,” Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth said. “It involves Indigenous women. We are very sensitive to the entire inquiry and inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and the recommendations that came out of it.

Police released few details of their investigation, but said they had no leads to any other potential victims.

“I don’t know if they were specifically targeted, but it’s clear the victims are all Indigenous women,” Smyth said.

Smyth said authorities have not found the bodies of the other three victims, but they have enough evidence to charge Skibicki with first-degree murder.

He declined to give further details as the investigation is still ongoing.

“We still have a lot of work to do to protect the lives of Indigenous women and girls,” said Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham.

“Right now there is far too much homelessness, drug addiction and poverty, which puts him in vulnerable positions.”

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