Third body found outside city in less than two months

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Police are investigating the death a man whose body was found north of Campbell Business Park in St. Albert on Saturday.

In the early morning hours of Saturday Nov. 25 the St. Albert RCMP found a dead man during their evening patrols. This is the third body found just outside of St. Albert since Oct. 17.

At around 2:40 a.m. the RCMP found the body east of St. Albert on an approach on Range Road 251.

The Morninville RCMP and St. Albert RCMP detachments and the RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Edmonton are assisting in the investigation.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton. The results were not known at press time and the name of the deceased has not been released yet.

Cpl. Hal Turnbull, spokesperson for the RCMP said that they don’t believe the three deaths were random acts.

“It’s understandable to be alarmed, finding three bodies in the Morinville/St. Albert area inside of two months,” Turnbull said.

Turnbull said that the RCMP have not ruled out a connection between the three deaths while they investigate.

“It’s something the investigators will be alive to when they continue their investigation into the other two,” Turnbull said.

All three investigations are still ongoing and no charges have been laid.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 17 a man’s body was found in the ditch in Sturgeon County.

That man has been identified as 27-year-old Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird of Edmonton. Yellowbird has ties to the community of Ma-Me-O Beach. RCMP have not released the cause of Yellowbird’s death nor where he died.

The 26-year-old Krishneel Kamal Kumar from Edmonton was found dead in a field near Riverstone Drive and Township Road 544A in Sturgeon County on Monday Oct. 30.

An autopsy conducted on Tuesday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton confirmed the death was a homicide.

The RCMP said that Kumar was found by a farmer who was working in the field.

RCMP are not releasing the cause of death and they are continuing to investigate to find out if the man died in the field or was moved to the field after his death.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.

 

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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.