Two Victoria-area teenagers have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the grisly death of 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor.
The two male suspects, aged 18 and 16, were arrested around 5 p.m. PT Friday at separate locations in Langford, RCMP Corporal Darren Lagan said at a press conference in Victoria Saturday.
Under Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act, the suspects cannot be named because they were both under the age of 18 when the crime occurred, he said.
The suspects have been remanded into custody, Cpl. Lagan said. Their first court appearances are scheduled for Monday morning in Victoria Youth Court.
Both suspects are facing charges of first-degree murder, forcible confinement, sexual assault and indignity to human remains.
News of the arrests came exactly three months after the March 19 discovery of Ms. Proctor's badly burnt body beneath a bridge on the Galloping Goose regional trail near the Langford-Colwood border.
Her remains were found on a rocky ledge next to the rushing waters of Millstream Creek, about 40 feet below the bridge, an area known as a party spot for local teenagers, including students at Ms. Proctor's high school.
Police have acknowledged that the suspects knew Ms. Proctor but have refused to outline the nature of that connection or provide any other details that could be used as evidence in court.
Cpl. Lagan declined to confirm that there were any signs of a physical assault or say whether an accelerant was used to set Ms. Proctor's body ablaze or reveal where she was killed.
Ms. Proctor was last seen alive on March 18 as she disembarked from a bus exchange in Langford around 10:20 a.m.
On March 31, RCMP police divers were called in to search for evidence in a section of Glen Lake that borders the Galloping Goose in Langford, about five kilometres from where police found Ms. Proctor's body. Police have not revealed what they were looking for.
And two weeks ago, homicide investigators executed a search warrant on a house near the site police searched at Glen Lake in late March.
Cpl. Lagan wouldn't identify any of the accused or say if the occupants of the house were considered suspects.
A-News Victoria reported that police removed lawn chairs, bikes and ladders from the home's garage, as investigators scanned the home with ultraviolet lights that are sometimes used to search for genetic material.
Cpl. Lagan refused to comment on those reports.
However, he said RCMP are convinced they have arrested the right people and repeated earlier statements that "Kimberly's attackers were familiar with her and for reasons that have yet to be fully understood, she was the intended victim."
Cpl. Lagan said Ms. Proctor's murder has had a huge impact on the community.
A Grade 12 student at Pacific Secondary School, Ms. Proctor was supposed to graduate this spring and came from an extremely close family, Cpl. Lagan said, taking a moment to gather his emotions.
"This was a girl who was sewing her prom dress with her grandmother, who loved animals, who had an entire menagerie of animals," he said. "This family could have been anybody's family and Kimberly did absolutely nothing to deserve this."
He also spoke of the emotional toll the case has taken on investigators.
"There is a painful human side to most investigations that we as police officers take, but this one truly stands alone," he said.