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Missing case now a murder

UPDATE 3:30 P.M.

Penticton RCMP say a sister and brother are in custody after being charged in the murder of Roxanne Louie.

Louie was reported missing Jan. 6 after a family member told police she had not been seen or heard from since Jan. 4.

The duo, who are reportedly her former in-laws, had their first court appearance Monday.

Grace Elinor Robotti, 65, has been charged with second-degree murder, while her brother, Pier Louis Robotti, 61, has been charged with interference with a dead body and accessory after the fact to murder. Police tape now surrounds Grace Robotti's home in the Caravilla Estates mobile home park, the suspected crime scene. 

After Louie was reported missing, police put a call out to the media, and the community rallied to locate her.

Louie was an Osoyoos Indian Band member, who resided in Vancouver, and was reported missing after she missed her flight home.

Her family told Castanet that Louie, the 26-year-old single mother of a three-year-old son, was back in the South Okanagan for the holidays. She was last seen at her son's great grandmother's house in Penticton on Saturday night.

Her family learned of the tragic ending today, and police say her body has now been recovered, although they are not reporting where from.

The siblings are expected back in court this Thursday.

~With files from Carmen Weld 


ORIGINAL

The search for a missing Osoyoos Indian Band member is now a murder investigation.

Grace Elinor Robotti, 65, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Roxanne Louie.

A second suspect, Pier Louis Robotti, 61, has been charged with interference with a dead body and accessory after the fact to murder.

Louie, who lives in Vancouver, but was home in the South Okanagan visiting for the holidays, had been missing since last weekend, when she failed to show up for a flight back to Vancouver, Sunday morning at Penticton Regional Airport.

Penticton RCMP are expected to release further information this afternoon. Family members of Louie, a 26-year-old single mother, declined to comment until there is official confirmation from police.

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