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UPDATE: Missing Alberta family found dead

Police say family of three missing on ATV outing found near bridge

 Parkland RCMP are reporting that the three missing members of the Pelsma family have been recovered deceased. 

On Dec. 25, at 1:15 p.m., Parkland RCMP responded to the report that the family was overdue to attend a function and hadn’t been heard from since Dec. 23. Emergency service personnel, Edmonton Police Air1 Helicopter and ground Search and Rescue volunteers converged on the families last known location in Lac Ste Anne County.  They were believed to be using the family UTV side-by-side before travelling out of the area as a family. 

On Dec. 26, Parkland RCMP continued search and rescue efforts in an area near the Alexis Bridge, off Range Road 40A.  Recovery of the Pelsma family was conducted by members of the Parkland RCMP, Lac Ste Anne County Fire Service and an Underwater Recovery Team.

“This is a sad outcome, the loss of any life is tragic” says Cpl. Patrick Lambert, the RCMP Public Information Officer, “The loss of this entire family is truly devastating over the holidays. Our thoughts are with the community and their extended family.”

The three deceased have been taken to the Edmonton Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be conducted later this week.

The Alberta RCMP remind all Albertans and outdoor enthusiasts of the dangers of unpredictable thin ice and open water. Ice should be at least 15cm thick for a person to walk or skate on, 20cm for a group of people and 25cm for snowmobiling or using off highways vehicles on.

Rob McKinley

About the Author: Rob McKinley

Rob has been in the media, marketing and promotion business for 30 years, working in the public sector, as well as media outlets in major metropolitan markets, smaller rural communities and Indigenous-focused settings.
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