Investigators from Alberta (“K” Division) and Saskatchewan (“F” Division) RCMP have arrested a 59-year-old Alberta man for the murder of two women in Lloydminster, Alberta which occurred in June of 2007 and May of 2009.
Jeannette Chief was last seen in Lloydminster at around midnight on Saturday, June 2, 2007 after having left the Onion Lake Cree Nation the day before. The body of the 48-year-old woman was found by police on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 in a rural area outside of Lloydminster, SK. Her death was determined to be a homicide.
Violet Heathen was 49-years-old when she was last seen, also in Lloydminster, on Friday, May 15, 2009. Her remains were found near Kitscoty, AB on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The resulting homicide investigation would last more than six years.
The RCMP utilized members from several specialized units in both provinces during the course of the two murder investigations. Members of the RCMP Historical Homicide Unit (HHU) of Edmonton, together with their Historical Case Unit (HCU) counterparts from “F” Division, confirm that the 59-year-old man was arrested yesterday evening for two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Violet Heathen and Jeannette Chief.
The investigation into these murders is continuing and additional details will be provided at a media availability to be held at RCMP “K” Division Headquarters on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at a time yet to be determined.
*Press Release from Alberta RCMP