New suspects identified as Edmonton police review murdered, missing Aboriginal women cases – Edmonton Journal

by pmnationtalk on August 8, 2017338 Views

August 8, 2017

All unsolved historical murders of Aboriginal women in Edmonton are under review as police search for fresh clues in 10 cold cases, some of which now have suspects identified, the Journal has learned.

“We’ve had some breakthroughs where we’ve been able to certainly identify suspects,” said Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht. “Once we have a suspect, there’s fresh information.”

The cases — which involve 11 victims and date back as far as the 1970s — are under the purview of several investigators. Since February 2016, between one and three investigators at any given time have been “on loan” from other units to focus on murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls. These investigators are in addition to three regular members in the homicide unit who are working the cases.

Knecht, speaking at a recent media event, explained city police are “ramping up” collaborative work with other jurisdictions — “We’re all pressed for resources.”

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