Check on alleged assault leads to body

STONY PLAIN — A man from northwestern Alberta has been charged with second-degree murder after the body of a man in his 80s was found on a rural property west of Edmonton on Friday.

STONY PLAIN — A man from northwestern Alberta has been charged with second-degree murder after the body of a man in his 80s was found on a rural property west of Edmonton on Friday.

RCMP say a man walked into the local detachment to report an assault and that’s what led them to the discovery of the older man’s body on a property near Stony Plain, Alta.

Investigators haven’t revealed where the man’s body was found. He had lived on the acreage for several years.

On Sunday, RCMP announced that Kevin Michalchuk, 38, of Peace River, Alta., had been charged in the older man’s death.

RCMP officers were combing the property with the help of an Edmonton police dog unit and police helicopters. Parkland and Edmonton regional search and rescue teams were also assisting.

“Just because of the size of the property and the type of investigation we’re doing, we want to make sure that we don’t leave any stone unturned,” said Cst. Janine Peter.

Police say Michalchuk wasn’t living on the property, but was storing something there. They refused to say more.

The name of the deceased has not been released.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

Michalchuk remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Stony Plain on Wednesday.