No arrests relating to three bodies found in area

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No arrests have been made in relation to the three dead bodies that were found outside of St. Albert in a six-week period this fall.

All of the men were residents of Edmonton and in their mid twenties. Two of the incidents have been ruled homicides.

Cpl. Hal Turnbull, spokesperson for the RCMP said that they don’t believe the three deaths were random acts and that the public is not at risk.

“It’s understandable to be alarmed,” Turnbull said.

Turnbull said that the RCMP have not ruled out a connection between two or more of the deaths while they investigate.

The first man was found on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 17. Edmonton resident Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird, 27, was found dead in a ditch in Sturgeon County. His death is being considered suspicious but has not been ruled a homicide.

Yellowbird has ties to the community of Ma-Me-O Beach. RCMP have not released the cause of Yellowbird’s death nor the exact location where he died or where he was found.

Krishneel Kamal Kumar, 26, from Edmonton was found dead in a field near Riverstone Drive and Township Road 544A in Sturgeon County on Monday Oct. 30. His death has been ruled a homicide but RCMP are not releasing the cause of death.

The most recent incident happened when a third man was found on Saturday Nov. 25. Edmonton resident Ahmed Farah, 25, was released from the Edmonton Remand Centre at 12:50 a.m and was found dead less than two hours later outside of St. Albert.

Farah’s body was found on the side of Range Road 251, around 250 metres north of Poundmaker Road in Sturgeon County. The distance between the Edmonton Remand Centre and the location where his body was found is two kilometres.

Turnbull said that Farah was picked up by someone when he left the Edmonton Remand Centre.

It is unknown what he was serving time for at the Edmonton Remand Centre or how long he had been in custody.

His body was found by the St. Albert RCMP during a routine patrol of the area. Turnbull said that although the area is slightly outside of St. Albert, the St. Albert RCMP members routinely patrol the area looking for teens partying or drinking and to keep an eye on the nearby businesses.

An autopsy conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton on Tuesday Nov. 28, determined that the manner of death was homicide. The cause of death is not being released.

Investigators are asking the public for help and want to speak with anyone who may have seen any vehicles in the vicinity of Range Road 251, Township Road 542 and 127 Street, also known as Range Road 250 up to Sturgeon Road.

The RCMP also want to speak with anybody who may have seen Farah that night. He is described as a black man who is five foot ten and 201 pounds. He had black hair, brown eyes and wore a beard. He was last known to be wearing a black hoodie and red pants.

The ongoing police investigation is being conducted by the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Edmonton with assistance from the Morinville and St. Albert RCMP detachments.

The RCMP requests that anyone with information about this case call the Morinville RCMP Detachment. In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

jhenderson@stalbert.greatwest.ca

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.