Kevin Barton, also known as Chris Lee has been charged with manslaughter in the disappearance of Vida Smith

Calgary police said Vida Smith, 69, traveled to Calgary from Chestermere to meet with a friend on July 21st. When Smith failed to return home and missed a medical appointment later in the week her family reported her missing.

Calgary police have determined that missing woman Vida Smith, 69, was the victim of a homicide and have laid charges against Kevin BARTON, also known as Chris LEE, 60,  in relation to her disappearance. On Thursday, July 30, 2020, investigators located Barton in northwest Calgary and took him into custody without incident.

Calgary police said in a press release “At this time, detectives have exhausted all footprints of life and based on evidence, believe Vida was killed. However, investigators have not yet located Vida’s remains.”

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking for the public’s help to locate Vida’s remains. Police believe that BARTON travelled from Calgary to Edmonton on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, and we are asking citizens who may have seen something suspicious to contact police at 403-266-1234.

The 2020 Calgary Homicide Victim List is available here.