A missing woman's remains were found near Bon Accord.
Billie Johnson, 30, was reported missing on Dec.28, 2020. On Feb.9, police charged 35-year-old Kenneth Courtorielle with second-degree murder. An additional charge of indignity to a body is pending.
Despite an arrest being made, police continued to search for Johnson's body for the next few months. Then on Apr.21, homicide detectives found her remains on private farmland several kilometres northwest of Bon Accord.
Edmonton Police Service said they would like to thank the landowner for being cooperative and the Morinville RCMP, the RCMP Special Tactical Operations team, and the volunteer search and rescue teams who assisted with the incident.
After police completed a search of the area, they escorted Johnson's family to the site for private access to grieve.
“The outstanding and determined work of our homicide detectives is what led to this conclusion,” said Staff Sergeant Colin Leathem of the EPS Homicide Section. “We had already gathered enough evidence to lay charges, but for the detectives leading this investigation, it was always about finding Billie and returning her home – giving her family the chance to observe their sacred cultural rites. It was very meaningful for all of us to be able to do that.”
Due to the state of the remains, the office of the chief medical examiner requires further tests to be completed before determining the cause of death.