Yellowknife residents charged with 1st-degree murder in Edmonton man’s death

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

Two people from Yellowknife, have been charged with first-degree murder after human remains were discovered north of Edmonton last December.

According to police, on Dec. 4, 24-year-old Faisal Fadul Aden’s body was discovered near Red Earth Creek, Alta., which is about 400 kilometres north of Edmonton.

An autopsy revealed the manner of his death was a homicide, but the cause of Aden’s death has not been released by officials.

Mounties said Monday in a news release that two people were arrested on March 6 in relation to Aden’s homicide.

Winston Derksen and Deidre Lafferty are jointly charged with first-degree murder, Alberta RCMP said in a media release Monday.

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine is the Media Relations Officer with the Alberta RCMP.

“Derksen, 30, is from Yellowknife, N.W.T. and was arrested in Prince George, B.C., “Cpl. Fontaine said. “Laffery, 21, is also from Yellowknife and was arrested in that city.”

The pair is being returned to Alberta where they will appear in court “at a future date,” RCMP said.

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