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DNA analysis links crime scenes in Edmonton and Vegreville to death of 20-year-old male


April 23, 2019
The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section is investigating the murder of a 20-year-old male, whose body was discovered earlier this month in near Vegreville.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m., EPS Downtown Division patrol members responded to a “trouble unknown” call near 92 Street and 110 Avenue. Upon arrival, police discovered a significant amount of blood on the ground at the rear of the residence. Forensic investigators were called out, and an investigation was launched.

Later that same morning, RCMP Major Crimes initiated an investigation, after a body was discovered in a vehicle near Vegreville.

On Monday, April 15, 2019, DNA analysis of blood that had been collected by EPS investigators from the 110th Avenue crime scene was matched to Tristen Nicholas Morningeagle Cook-Buckle, 20.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the DNA analysis collected by RCMP investigators from the crime scene in Vegreville also matched the profile of Cook-Buckle, thus connecting the two crime scenes.

On Friday, April 19, 2019, autopsy results released by the Edmonton Medical Examiner confirmed the manner of death of Tristen Nicholas Morningeagle Cook-Buckle to be a homicide. Investigators are not releasing the cause of death, at this time.

The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section has since taken the lead on the investigation.

Homicide investigators are urging anyone who may information about this homicide to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Every investigation is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided to release the name of the deceased because it serves an investigative purpose.


Terrifying Robbery at Tofield



From Tofield RCMP

Tofield RCMP seek suspects after ATM attempted to be removed from building

RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify four suspects involved in a brazen attempt to remove an ATM from an area business.

On September 20, 2019 at approximately 4:00 a.m., four suspects wearing gloves and masks made entry to the Tofield Esso by ramming the business with a vehicle. One suspect armed with a firearm ordered two employees to another room while they attempted to secure a tow strap to the ATM.

Suspects were unsuccessful in removing the ATM when RCMP arrived on scene. A black pickup containing the suspects fled from RCMP towards Strathcona County. A second white pickup was abandoned by the suspects on scene. A brief police pursuit ensued but the suspects and vehicle remain at large.

Fortunately, none of the employees on site were injured during the robbery. RCMP Forensic Identification Services is assisting with the investigation.

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If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Tofield RCMP at 780-662-3352, or contact your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Drug House closed on 96th street



Edmonton drug house closed by sheriffs

September 12, 2019

The Alberta Sheriffs have shut down a source of drug activity and violence in an Edmonton neighbourhood.

Investigators with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit of the Alberta Sheriffs obtained a court order closing the house at 12005 96 Street for 90 days and placing the property under conditions and supervision for two years after that.

The order took effect at noon Sept. 19, and states that the owner and any other occupants must vacate the premises for 90 days. Crews boarded up the house, changed the locks and erected a fence around the property to prevent anyone from entering during the closure period.

“Our government is committed to taking any measures necessary to investigate, disrupt and dismantle serious criminal activity like the trade in illicit drugs. We value the SCAN unit and have the utmost appreciation for its tireless work in ensuring Albertans are safe, secure and protected in their communities.”

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, a complaint from the public is the only way SCAN can launch a formal investigation. In response to a complaint from the community about drug activity, SCAN began its investigation in December 2018. SCAN investigators confirmed drug activity and issued a warning letter to the owner, who resides there, on Dec. 13, 2018.

Since then, there has been evidence of continued criminal activity at the property. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has responded to two home invasions – one in April 2019 and another in July 2019. In March 2019, EPS investigators obtained a search warrant for the property and seized drugs, a sawed-off shotgun, imitation firearms and other weapons. The search warrant resulted in criminal charges against the homeowner. The case remains before the courts.

On July 29, 2019, SCAN investigators obtained a community safety order in Court of Queen’s Bench. The order remains in effect for two years after the closure period, giving SCAN the authority to monitor the property and enforce conditions until Nov. 19, 2021.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act gives sheriffs the authority to target problem properties through civil enforcement.

Since its inception in 2008, Alberta’s SCAN unit has investigated more than 5,500 problem properties and issued nearly 80 community safety orders. The majority of complaints are resolved by working with property owners to keep criminal activity out of the community.


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