Murder victim’s family asks for public for help

Tips have started coming into police to piece together the whereabouts of Jenna Cartwright before her body was found on May 3.

Mounties are now on the hunt to find out who killed Jenna Cecilia Cartwright

Mounties are now on the hunt to find out who killed Jenna Cecilia Cartwright

Tips have started coming into police to piece together the whereabouts of Jenna Cartwright before her body was found on May 3.

The murder victim was found about 7 p.m. on the edge of a road about four km northeast of Olds. A driver noticed a body on the ground and called police.

Cartwright, 21, was last seen in Red Deer on March 29.

“We’ve had some tips come in, some information, and we’re looking into how valuable it is,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Webb on Monday.

“We’re looking for anyone else who is holding back to come forward as well.”

Even minor details, when put into the big picture, could help police quite a bit, Webb said.

Police confirm it was a homicide but have not released any other details.

Red Deer RCMP issued a news bulletin on April 12 to say Cartwright had been reported missing by family.

Police are trying to establish a timeline of her activities and contacts prior to her disappearance.

Lynda Cartwright, Jenna’s mother, is also pleading for the public’s help.

“You just don’t have the right to do this to another human being,” said the mother about her daughter’s murder.

“If anyone knows anything — this is important.

“If they did it to Jenna and if you’re associated with them in any way, shape or form, it could happen to you. Not coming forward isn’t necessarily protecting you.”

The Red Deer woman’s body was released from the coroner’s office on Monday and her family is in the process of planning her funeral.

“The funeral itself is private. It’s for close family and close friends only,” Lynda Cartwright said.

But she expects a public drop-in event at a hall will be held after the funeral.

It’s difficult keeping up with all the messages of condolence coming in via the Internet, she said.

“The outpouring has been phenomenal.”

Anyone with information about the case or about the victim are asked to call RCMP at 403-406-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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