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Teresa Robinson Case: RCMP Arrest Man In Manitoba Girl's Death

03/17/2016 08:14 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 05:12 EDT

GARDEN HILL FIRST NATION, Man. — RCMP have made an arrest in the death of an 11-year-old northern Manitoba girl originally thought to have been killed by a bear.

The Mounties say a man has been taken into custody on the Garden Hill reserve where Teresa Robinson lived.

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Teresa Robinson is shown in a photo from the Garden Hill First Nation Facebook page. (Photo: Handout/CP)

She disappeared last May after leaving a birthday party in the remote, fly-in community.

Her remains were found six days later and police soon ruled her death a homicide.

Last month, RCMP asked about 2,000 reserve males between 15 and 66 to volunteer samples of their DNA.

RCMP say they will provide details on Friday.

"While we understand that this arrest will generate a lot of questions, we are not in a position to provide further information at this time as there are a number of investigative steps currently being undertaken," Sgt. Bert Paquet said in a release.

Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. said in a news release that she and others from the group would not comment out of respect for the family and the Garden Hill First Nation.

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