UPDATED: Death near Maskwacis a homicide

UPDATED: Death near Maskwacis a homicide

Police are continuing to look for suspects after concluding the death of a man near Maskwacis was a homicide.

Around 8 a.m. on April 12, officers from the Maskwacis RCMP were called to Herman-Minde Road just east of Hwy. 2A and found an unresponsive man lying on the road.

Officers quickly determined the man was deceased and that the circumstance appeared suspicious. Members of the RCMP major crimes unit and the forensic indentification unit were called to the scene.

Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Craig Makinaw stated on April 15, that the person found deceased is not from Maskwacis, and people involved are also not from the community of Maskwacis. Makinaw also advised that there was no threat to the community because of the incident.

An autopsy was conducted. In an April 17 news release, the RCMP identified the man as a 74-year-old from Wetaskiwin and stated his death was deliberately caused.

The investigation is moving forward and the RCMP will release updated information when it becomes available.