YELLOWKNIFE (CP) - A parolee has been charged with first-degree murder after the body of his parole officer was found in his apartment, RCMP said Friday.
Louise Pargeter, 34, had gone to the residence for a scheduled home visit with Eli Ulayuk, 36.
Police discovered her body in the apartment Wednesday after a co-worker reported that she had failed to return from the visit, RCMP Insp. Greg Morrow said.
Ulayuk had been granted day parole in 2000 after serving a sentence for a manslaughter conviction in 1990. He was granted full parole in June.
Apart from the police investigation, a corrections official said there will be a major investigation into "the tragic incident."
"The Correctional Service of Canada, in co-operation with the National Parole Board, will be conducting a detailed investigation," said Jan Fox, regional director for the correctional service.
"Words simply cannot express the sadness that we feel for the family, friends and colleagues of Louise."
Pargeter is only the second parole officer in Canada to be killed in the line of duty. The last was killed in a prison hostage-taking in British Columbia in 1975.
It is correctional service policy to supervise parolees in various settings, including their home environments. Parole officers are highly trained in risk assessment and personal safety, Fox said.
Inmates are deemed to be low, medium or high risk when they're released into the community.
"We regularly reassess that risk based on his behaviour, his community functioning, on psychological reports, on program involvement."
Fox said she didn't know what risk category Ulayuk was placed in, since he had been granted full parole, he must have been doing well on his earlier day parole.
Pargeter had been working with Ulayuk when he was on day parole and recently was switched back to his case. It was her first home visit with him.
Morrow wouldn't discuss how Pargeter died. He said RCMP expected the preliminary autopsy results Saturday.
Almost four dozen officers were searching for a suspect within an hour after being told that Pargeter was long overdue from the home visit, he said.
There's only one road in and out of Yellowknife. A checkpoint was set up and officers went out on roving patrols.
Around 6:30 p.m. the same day, members of the Rae-Edzo detachment, about 100 kilometres west of Yellowknife, chased a vehicle matching that of Pargeter's.
The driver stopped and fled into the bush.
"We had those police cars all hooked up by radio over our loud hailers where we had a trained RCMP negotiator talking to the woods . . . hoping that our suspect on foot would hear us."
Morrow said he thinks the tactic worked in getting the suspect to give himself up.
Ulayuk is to appear in court on the murder charge Nov. 9.
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