The former boyfriend of Amy Watts has been charged in her death, 18 months after the investigation began, according to Nanaimo RCMP.
Charges of manslaughter have been approved against Kyle Gordon Ordway, 38, in the disappearance of Watts, 26.
Watts was originally from Prince Edward Island and had moved to Vancouver Island several years before her disappearance.
Her family initially reported her missing to RCMP on May 27, 2021 and her body was found on June 3, 2021 near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent in Nanaimo in a small wooded ravine.
Watts and Ordway were in a relationship up until her disappearance.
Ordway is currently in custody on an unrelated matter and a court date has not been scheduled.
“Given that this matter is now before the courts and that an individual has been formally charged and is before the courts, police will not be providing any additional information with regards to the investigation,” said R/Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a news release.
On the one-year anniversary of Watts’ body being found, Aimee Chalifoux, who worked in outreach alongside Watts for years, reflected on Watts’ life and the impact it has had.
“She had her whole life ahead of her. She was a great outreach worker, she was a great person, she was a great friend,” said Chalifoux on June 3, 2022.
The charges have not yet been heard in court.