UPDATED: Death near Maskwacis a homicide

UPDATED: Death near Maskwacis a homicide

Chief Craig Makinaw responds

UPDATE (Apr. 17): Maskwacis RCMP in conjunction with the major crimes unit have announced the death of the man near the community on Apr. 12 has been declared a homicide. The man was identified as a 74-year-old from Wetaskiwin following an autopsy. The circumstances remain under investigation.

Original story:

Alberta RCMP’s major crimes unit is investigating after a man was found dead on a road near Maskwacis on the weekend.

Officers from Maskwacis RCMP were called to the scene on Herman-Minde Road, east of Hwy. 2A, shortly after 8 a.m. on April 12, following a report of an unresponsive man lying on the road.

Officers quickly determined the man was deceased and that the circumstances appeared to be suspicious. The scene was then secured and members of the major crimes unit were called.

Members from major crimes, the forensic identification section and the Maskwacis general investigation section are continuing the investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton.

The RCMP will provide updates when more information becomes available.

According to Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Craig Makinaw, the person found deceased is not from Maskwacis, and people involved are also not from the community of Maskwacis.

Makinaw advises there is no threat to the Maskwacis community in relation to the incident.

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