“We know that our communities still suffer from the results of residential schools and colonialism and racism,” she said. “There’s still family violence that we’re trying to deal with. This is a very sad case. At the same time, we’re happy that the justice system is now going to start.”
"On May 6, 2022, Port Alberni RCMP arrested Dontay’s mother, Rykel Frank (née Charleson), and her husband Mitchell Frank. The couple has been charged with first degree murder over Dontay’s death and are currently being held in police custody."
From left to right, Port Alberni RCMP Cst. Richard Johns, Sgt. Clayton Wiebe and Patrick Lucas speak to the media at the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on May 9, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Shocked and saddened. Four year investigation! Thank you officers for our tenacity and never giving up on Dontay.