Edmonton police responded to a check on welfare call in relation to a child at a residence in the area of 87 Avenue and 165 Street on April 24th.
On arrival, police were unable to locate the child and began investigating. At this time, the eight-year-old girl has not yet been located but is believed to be deceased. The Homicide Section has taken over the investigation.
Multiple EPS units have since been engaged and are working closely with external agency partners, including the RCMP, to locate her and investigate her death. An organized search is currently being coordinated outside of the city.
On Apr. 27, 2023, Homicide Section arrested a 27-year-old female who was charged with first-degree murder and indignity to a dead body. A 25-year-old male was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and causing indignity to a dead body. 66-year-old Edward Nievera was charged with accessory to first-degree murder and indignity to a dead body. The victim’s identity and the identity of two of the adults is being withheld at this time to protect the identity of other children related to the deceased. Both individuals were known to the girl.
Update May 3rd
Edmonton Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and confirmed the remains found on Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis on Saturday, Apr. 29, 2023 were those of the 8-year-old girl. The cause of death was determined to be blunt impact trauma.
Update September 22
Edmonton police announced in addition to the three others previously charged in the murder, EPS Homicide Section has since arrested and charged Shayden Lightning, 21 and Raighne Stoney, 36 with accessory to murder and indignity to a dead body.