PARRY SOUND - Niagara Regional Police arrested 35-year-old Christopher Lee Sharples on first degree murder charges Thursday. He is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, Shana Carter, who was 25 when she was last seen leaving her Grimsby home on Dec. 4, 2010. Sharples told police at the time Carter had stepped out for a cigarette around 10:30 p.m. that night and never returned.
Shana Carter’s remains were found last week. On Thursday, her boyfriend was charged with first degree murder.
She was reported missing by her sister to police 10 days later. The police, after exhausting any leads, made the missing person’s case public in early January 2011.
“I wanted to see the look on his face after he has been leading us on all this time,” said Jarvis, Carter’s sister, outside a St. Catharines courthouse Friday where Sharples appeared for a bail hearing.
Jarvis said Carter and Sharples had been dating off and on for about five years. They have a son together, Levaughn, who was three when Carter was reported missing.
Carter’s remains were discovered in a remote location off Highway 522, Blair Township, north of Parry Sound and just south of Grundy Lake, around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. They were positively identified as belonging to Carter Sept. 26 by the Ontario Coroner’s Office.
Residents of the area where the body was found became aware of the police presence on Saturday. Multiple OPP vehicles were at the scene and had cordoned off an area on Smith's Bay Road, about eight kilometres from Highway 522.
The major crime unit of the Niagara police is continuing to investigate and is looking to speak with the individual who renovated the couple's home in December 2010.
Christopher Lee Sharples, 35, was arrested Thursday afternoon and has been charged with first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court in St. Catherines today.
Carter’s aunt Laura Jarvis appealed to the media on Facebook Thursday asking for some privacy.
“To all the media who are looking for a interview or a statement from my sister, please know that she would like some privacy and some time to come to terms with what has happened. Please respect her and her privacy. When the time is right the family will make a statement,” wrote Laura.
Messages of condolences were filling up the Facebook page dedicated to finding the 25-year-old Grimsby woman, who was born and raised in Halifax, N.S. The group has more than 2,300 members and was established shortly after Carter’s disappearance in 2010.
Sharples appeared for a bail hearing Monday, which was rescheduled to Oct. 12 in the Superior Court. Sharples is to appear via video.
He arrived in court wearing a black T-shirt and grey jogging pants with tattoos running up his arms. He appeared calm as he heard the charges laid against him. Though he had spoken to a lawyer, they were not present Friday and he was assisted by court-ordered counsel.
Sharples said he understood the charges.
The prosecution asked that Sharples be remanded until trial and that he is not to have contact with 27 people, including Carter’s mother Elizabeth and a number of relatives.
Sharples sought a publication ban which was granted by the courts.
The search for Carter picked up this summer when Niagara Regional Police offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to arrest of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Carter. Divers began searching all waterways within a two-kilometre radius of her 4 Arrowhead Lane home in Grimsby in August. On Sept. 17 the search moved to Arrowhead Lane where the NRP forensics team remains.