The Northeast Nova RCMP Major Crime Unit has charged a woman in the homicide of Natacha Leroy.
On November 22, 2023, Victoria County District RCMP responded to a report of a possible homicide at a home on Old Route 5 in Big Bras D’Or. RCMP officers learned that Natacha Leroy, 48, had disappeared and the circumstances around her disappearance were suspicious.
On November 24, human remains were found in Big Bras D’Or by RCMP Police Dog Services. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide and, on November 29, the remains were confirmed to be those of Natasha Leroy.
On November 30, Carolyn Ann Dermody, 25, of North Sydney, was safely arrested on the Bedford Hwy. in Halifax. Dermody has been charged with Murder and Indignity to Human Remains. She has been remanded into custody and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court on December 4, 2023.
RCMP investigators continue their efforts to locate a second suspect, a 28-year-old Big Bras D’Or man, who is believed to be in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The investigation has determined that this was not a random incident and that Natacha was known to Dermody and the male suspect.
The investigation is continuing and is being supported by the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, RCMP Forensic Identification Services, the Southwest Nova RCMP Major Crime Unit and the Victoria County District RCMP.
The Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit is asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact them at 902-896-5060. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
File #: 2023-1717972