Still no arrests in northern Alberta homicide, 2 NWT residents remain ‘persons of interest’

Photos of persons of interest and their truck courtesy of Red Earth Creek RCMP

Two NWT residents remain “persons of interest” after a homicide late last year in northern Alberta.

That’s according to RCMP Sgt. Mark Sloan of Alberta RCMP’s Major Crimes North Division.

He says no arrests have been made in the suspicious death of a man whose body was found near Red Earth Creek Dec. 4, not far from Slave Lake.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Sloan said he would not be releasing the names of the two persons of interest, who he says are currently living in Yellowknife.

Sloan came North to Yellowknife in December to interview the two people, a man and a woman.

They were not taken into custody, Sloan said.

He added that Mounties have no way of restricting their movements, meaning they could leave the country if they wanted to.

A CKLB listener told us she believes the woman is from Behchoko.

Sloan did not release any details surrounding the death..

According to media reports, the RCMP Major Crimes Unit started an investigation after human remains were found on Dec. 4 near the hamlet of Red Earth Creek.

Map courtesy of Google Maps

An autopsy conducted on Dec. 6 found the manner of death to be homicide, although police did not reveal how the man died.

The photos of them and the vehicle they may have been driving are believed to have been taken Dec. 1 in High Level, Alberta.

CKLB is continuing to follow this story and will provide details once they become available.

About the Author

John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.