Naomi Onotera’s husband Obnes Regis charged with manslaughter in her death

OBNES Regis, 49, has been charged with manslaughter and indignity to human remains in the death of Naomi Onotera, a kindergarten teacher of Langley and mother of a two-year-old girl, who was reported last seen on August 28.

The Langley RCMP conducted an extensive missing persons investigation that lead to the determination that foul play was suspected. On September 13, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and worked collaboratively with Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and other specialized units from the RCMP E-Division.

As part of that initial investigation, an extensive search was completed at Onotera’s residence and evidence was recovered, IHIT said.

Langley RCMP investigators on September 21 asked the public to study a photograph of Naomi’s vehicle. Even though it had been reported that Naomi left without her vehicle, investigators said they were trying to establish a timeline of all her actions beginning August 25. If anyone noticed this vehicle moving about anytime after August 25, they were asked to call Langley RCMP to relay this information. The vehicle was a white 2018 Subaru Crosstrek with a Greater Vancouver Zoo sticker in the front window on the passenger side.



IHIT continued the investigation for approximately three months utilizing several different specialized units from E-Division, collecting additional evidence. The investigation was presented to the BC Prosecution Service which lead to the charges against Regis.

On December 17, homicide investigators arrested Regis and he remains in custody. This matter is now before the Courts.

“We understand the community has been anxious for answers and this has been a difficult time for Naomi’s friends, family and the community as whole,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “We hope this arrest provides some answers and assuages some fears.”