A man wanted for murder was among the four bodies found in a crashed plane near Sioux Lookout over the weekend.
British Columbia’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit has confirmed that 36-year-old Gene Karl Lahrkamp of Kincardine, Ontario was one of the four victims of the crash, which was found to have gone down sometime between April 29 and April 30 south of Sioux Lookout.
Lahrkamp was one of two men wanted in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Jimi Sandhu in Rawai, Phuket in February, 2022. Thailand police reported that two men, identified as Lahrkamp and Mathew Dupre ambushed Sandhu and fired up to 20 shots as he exited his vehicle.
Dupre was arrested in Edmonton last month, while Lahrkamp escaped. A $100,000 reward was issued for Lahrkamp’s arrest four days prior to the crash. Police expected the former member of the Canadian Armed Forces to still be in the British Columbia area.
Lahrkamp was listed as the #2 most wanted person on Canada’s new BOLO list, which tracks the top #25 most wanted criminals in Canada with warrants out for their arrests. The BOLO list launched last month, helping to catch two of the other top #25 criminals within days.
The Sioux Lookout OPP reported the private plane’s wreckage was located between Ignace and Sioux Lookout in the Kukukus Lake area, and all four occupants were pronounced deceased. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and the Transportation Safety Board is continuing their investigation.
Two of the other three victims of the crash have also been identified. The OPP say victims include pilot 26-year-old Abhinav Handa of Richmond, BC and 37-year-old Duncan Bailey of Kamloops, BC. The name of the fourth victim will not be released until the family is notified.