Alexander Blanarou shot to death in Abbotsford

Abbotsford’s emergency services responded to the area of Bates Road and Harris Road on report of a possible shooting on December 28th at 2:23pm.

On arrival police located the victim who was later identified as 24 year old Alexander Blanarou. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe the shooting was targeted and ask that anyone with information about this incident should call the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

The death of a Hay River man deemed a homicide

Police said a deceased male was found on December 28th when they responded to a report of a vehicle found on the side of the access road to the Sandy Creek area.

Police said an autopsy was performed and revealed the death to be a homicide. Marie York-Condon, of N.W.T. RCMP stated  “While the investigators continue with this investigation, we wanted to let the people of Hay River and the Northwest Territories know that we do have persons in custody,”

The name of the victim and the suspects and those in custody have not been released.

Penticton’s 4th homicide of 2017

Penticton RCMP is investigating the city’s 4th homicide of 2017, however police have not released who the victim is or when they died.

Police superintendent Ted De Jager said “There is nothing further to release on this matter. There is no nexus to public safety and the integrity of the investigation outweighs the need to notify the public of the particulars,”

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Past Penticton Homicides
Dean Gillette, January, 2017
John Doe,  April, 2017
Dale Atkinson, June, 2017

Teen arrested in Christmas day murder of Elizabeth Alder

Waterloo Regional Police were called to a home in the area on Christmas Day where they found 57 year old Elizabeth Alder dead.

On December 27, 2017, police arrested a 17 year old male in connection to the suspicious death of Elizabeth Alder, 57. Prior to the arrest the name and photograph of the suspect were released, however the authority to publish the identity of a young person ceases after five days or with the apprehension of the young person.

The 17 year old has been charged with second degree murder in relation to the death of Alder. No other information has been released at this time.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 ext. 8666

Update: Charges laid in Edmonton Christmas day homicide

Edmonton police responded to a call for assistance at an address near 73 Avenue and 77 Street at approximately 3:30am on December 25th. On arrival police found a 48 year old man dead in the residence.

Police released the autopsy results on December 28th, revealing the cause of death to be a stab wound. The name of the victim has not been released.

Police arrested Stephan Hendrick Kody, 22, the victim’s step-son,  and charged him with second degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Update December 31st
Eddie Eugene Melenka, 48, has been identified as Edmonton’s 42nd homicide victim of 2017. Autopsy report revealed the cause of death to be a stab wound.

The Edmonton 2017 Homicide Victim List is available here.

Sisters, ages 4 and 6 found dead in Oak Bay

Oak Bay police responded to a  “potential incident” at about 5:00pm on Christmas day at a ground floor apartment unit on Beach ‎Drive.

At the scene police located two young girls Chloe, 6, and Aubrey, 4, deceased. Their father Andrew Berry, 43, is in hospital with self-inflicted wounds. Police at this time are not seeking further suspects.

According to reports, the girl’s mother Sarah Cotton called police after her estranged common law husband didn’t return the girls as scheduled on Christmas day.

No further information will be released at this time.

Newborn baby girl found dead in Calgary parking lot

Police are searching for the mother of a newborn who was left in a parking lot behind the Bownesian Grocer on December 24th between the hours of 3pm and 11:30pm.

Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said a resident found a deceased baby girl in the area. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Calgary police at 403-266-1234

Gavinder Grewal found dead in North Vancouver

North Vancouver RCMP responded to the discovery of a deceased man who was found in an apartment in the 1500-Block of Fern Street on December 22nd.

The deceased was identified as Gavinder Grewal, 29,  of North Vancouver. Grewal was known to police to be involved with gang activities. The cause of death has not been released at this time.

In July 2010, Gavinder Grewal was charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting that killed Mandy Johnson.

IHIT is asking anyone with information about his death Friday to call 1-877-551- IHIT (4448)

16 year old Hannah Sutton shot to death by her boyfriend in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP were dispatched to a residence in the area of 94 Avenue and 100 Street on December 16th on report of a sudden death of a 16 year old girl.

Police located a deceased teenage girl who was later identified as Hannah Sutton, 16. The autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.

Justice Watt-Blais, 19, has been charged with the second degree murder of his girlfriend Hannah Sutton. Four other males have been arrested in relation to this incident with charges pending of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Maple Ridge homicide victim known to police

Maple Ridge police were called to Kin Park, at approximately 6am on December 22nd on report of shots fired.

The victim, who was known to police died after driving himself to Ridge Meadows Hospital. His name has not been released by police at this time.

Police believe the shooting was targeted and ask anyone with information can contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or email

Update January 15th
The victim has been identified as Manricco “Ricco” Sansalone, 26.