Grande Prairie man wanted for first-degree murder nabbed in Ontario

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A man wanted on first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of a Grande Prairie resident was arrested in Ontario Thursday.

According to a Friday RCMP news release, the Ontario Provincial Police responded to an incident on Highway 17 after reports of a stolen vehicle travelling on Highway 17, east of Screiber, Ont.

Police attempted to use a spike belt to stop the vehicle, but it failed, and the driver continued.

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The car was then found in the Sunset Drive area, police said and a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant was arrested.

The man will be held in custody in Ontario, police said, before he is returned to Grande Prairie to face charges.

‘Toothless’ charged with first-degree murder

On May 2, Grande Prairie RCMP announced they charged David James Sietsma, 37, also known as Toothless, with first-degree murder in relation to the death of Echer Marcial, who’s body was found in a field in Clairmont, just north of Grande Prairie on March 17. His death had been ruled a homicide.

Sietsma wasn’t in custody at that time and was on the run from authorities.

“I was shocked. I was happy. Sad. That day was filled with a lot of emotion for me and his family,” said Marcial’s friend Briana Sidoruk.

Another close friend of Marcial’s who wants to be known only as Ashley Dawn for safety reasons was relieved when she heard the news that someone was captured.

Ashley Dawn also knew Sietsma as they grew up together in Grande Prairie.

“I’ve known Toothless since we were kids. Do I like the person he turned into? Not one bit. I couldn’t stand him,” said Ashley Dawn.

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“He was always kind of a punk. Not that kind of a punk… people who always talk bigger than they really are? That was him.”

Born and raised in New Brunswick, Marcial moved to Grande Prairie several years ago and worked as a welding inspector. He had recently fallen on hard times, but was continuing to look for work in the welding industry.

A man wanted in connection with the homicide of 34-year-old Echer Marcial was arrested on May 30 in Ontario in a separate incident. The Ontario Provincial Police have held David James Sietsma in custody, and he will be sent back to Grande Prairie to face his charges. edm

When Marcial died, Sidoruk started a social media campaign to raise awareness of her good friend’s death. RCMP said they received a lot of tips from the public that helped break open the case and lead to an arrest.

“Anytime we receive tips, it’s kind of like a puzzle. It can confirm some information we receive. It can build a better picture of the movement of the suspect,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Mathew Howell.

For Sidoruk, she will continue to fight for justice. She plans to continue to raise awareness on social media and will no doubt be in court when the trial begins.

“I miss him dearly. I cry every day for him. It sucks,” said Sidoruk.

“But, I plan on being there 100 per cent. I won’t miss any of (the trial). I told Echer I will be there for him, and I will. He was always there when we needed him as a friend, and I’ll be there to fight for him.”

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