UPDATED Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate body on road north of city

UPDATED Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate body on road north of city

UPDATED Wetaskiwin RCMP confirm 40 year old victim was murdered

UPDATED

It looks like the Wetaskiwin area has its first murder of 2019.

According to a press release Jan. 8, Wetaskiwin RCMP stated, “RCMP Major Crime South continue to investigate the death of a 40 year old Wetaskiwin man.

“An autopsy was conducted today at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton and determined the manner of death to be homicide.

“No further details are available at this time. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.”

ORIGINAL STORY

Wetaskiwin RCMP were investigating a crime in the rural area and asked the public to stay away from the scene.

According to a press release from Wetaskiwin RCMP spokesperson Cst. Christine Hepburn Jan. 6, “RCMP resources are on scene at a death investigation near Range Road 243-A and Township Road 473.

“On January 6, 2018, at approximately 1 a.m., Wetaskiwin RCMP was dispatched to the area and discovered the body of a middle aged male. The investigation is preliminary in nature and RCMP Major Crimes South is on scene to assist.

“The public is asked to avoid the area and expect police resources to remain for an indeterminate amount of time.

“There is no risk to public safety. No further details are available at this time and an update will be provided when more information becomes available.

“The investigation is ongoing and police are asking if you have information about this incident to please call the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7200 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

No other information was available; the story will be updated as soon as more is known.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca