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Deceased female found in Pincher Creek area – Charges laid

Thursday, 25 November 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Update: Nov. 25

An arrest has been made and charges laid in relation to the discovery of a woman's body in a rural area south of Pincher Creek.

On Nov. 23, Alberta Major Crimes Unit arrested a 26-year-old Medicine Hat woman and charged her with first-degree murder and commiting an indignity to human remains.

The accused did not speak to bail after a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear today in Lethbridge provincial court.

On Nov. 19, the victim, 34-year-old Megan Eekma, was travelling from British Columbia to Alberta. An altercation during the trip allegedly resulted in the death of the southern Alberta woman.

An autopsy was completed Nov. 22 by the Calgary office of the chief medical examiner.

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit thanks the Medicine Hat Police Service for its assistance, as well as RCMP detachments in southern Alberta that were involved in the investigation.

As all persons are presumed innocent until convicted in court, Shootin’ the Breeze publishes names of the accused only when there is an overriding need for the public to be informed.

If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, visiting www.P3Tips.com or by using the P3 Tips app.

Update: Nov. 21

Alberta RCMP's Major Crimes Unit continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman whose remains were found Nov. 19 in a rural area south of Pincher Creek.

The female has been identified.

Police are seeking dash cam footage from motorists who travelled in the area of Hwy 505 and Range Road 291A between 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 and 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

Anyone with footage is asked to contact Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6000.

In addition, if anyone saw suspicious vehicles in the area after dusk on Nov. 18, 2021, they are asked to call Pincher Creek RCMP.

Update: Alberta RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit advise that the female has been tentatively identified. Alberta RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.

Photos have been removed from this post.

Original post:

At 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a report of a deceased female found in a rural area south of Pincher Creek.

Alberta RCMP's major crimes unit is seeking public assistance to identify the woman, who is believed to be between 24 and 45 years old.

She is believed to be caucasian and is approximately 5'5" and 100 pounds with a slim build.

Her hair is light brown that was dyed orange or red and she has several tattoos.

A forensic facial imaging artist created a composite sketch of the woman and some of her distinctive tattoos, and the photo is of a piece of jewelry she was wearing.

If you have any information in relation to this investigation, or believe you may know the identity of the female in the attached composite sketch, please contact Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010. 

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Information provided by Alberta RCMP

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