The Calgary police homicide unit is investigating after three bodies were found Monday in a burned-out vehicle at a construction site on the city’s northwestern edge. Foresnsics investigators work at the site where the vehicle was found, in Calgary on Monday, July 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel

Calgary police investigate quadruple homicide

Calgary police investigate quadruple homicide

CALGARY — A man and two sisters found dead in a burned-out car may not have been intended targets in what police are describing as a brutal and ruthless quadruple homicide.

Investigators are exploring the possibility that Cody Pfeiffer, 25; Glynnis Fox, 36; and Tiffany Ear, 39, were “simply at the wrong place and at the wrong time with the wrong people,” acting Insp. Paul Wozney with the Calgary Police Service’s major crimes section said Thursday

The bodies of Pfeiffer, Fox and Ear were found Monday after firefighters extinguished a burning 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at a construction site in a new subdivision on Calgary’s northwestern edge.

Wozney said it’s believed the Cruze’s owner — 26-year-old Hanock Afowerk — was the target.

Police confirmed that Afowerk was found dead in a rural area west of Calgary on Wednesday and that it was a homicide. They had earlier appealed to the public for help finding him and expressed concern for his safety.

It’s possible Fox and Ear — sisters who both left behind multiple children — were caught up in a targeted attack against Afowerk, police said.

All four victims suffered significant traumatic injuries, but Wozney declined to elaborate.

“I will say that it … certainly has been surprising to some very seasoned investigators.”

Police believe multiple people may have been involved and that it’s possible there are several different crime scenes.

“We know that there’s people in the community that have information regarding this event. We know that people know what happened. If they’re scared, if they are in any way hesitant to contact us, they can do so anonymously through Crime Stoppers or through our tip line,” said Wozney.

It appears the sisters got to know Pfeiffer and Afowerk recently, said Wozney, who added it’s believed they were friends as opposed to romantically involved.

Someone called 911 early Monday about the vehicle fire in the Sage Hill neighbourhood. Fire crews didn’t know there was anyone inside the car until the blaze was put out.

The fire left a big black scorch mark on the outer wall of a townhome under construction. People in nearby homes reported waking to banging noises and sirens.

Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Huge RV resort proposed for Buffalo Lake

Some residents feel 800-lot RV resort too big for area

Updated: Red Deer gets WHL Bantam Draft and Awards Banquet

WHL will holds its draft and awards ceremony in Red Deer for next three years

Land wanted for Central Alberta Foodgrains project

23rd year for Lacombe area charity

Stolen vehicle found thanks to tip from motorist

Charges laid against Red Deer man and Leduc County woman

Updated: Red Deer gets WHL Bantam Draft and Awards Banquet

WHL will holds its draft and awards ceremony in Red Deer for next three years

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Red Deer blood clinic in need of 600 donors

Aunt encourages Central Albertans to donate blood after losing nephew

Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities

BERLIN — A German court began considering Thursday whether authorities should ban… Continue reading

US women beat Canada in Olympic hockey; Gisin tops Shiffrin

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of — A tense shootout, a dazzling deke and… Continue reading

Trudeau: Invitation should not have gone to Sikh extremist

NEW DELHI — A man who was convicted of trying to assassinate… Continue reading

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life… Continue reading

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies see opportunity

LONDON — Public awareness of the problem of plastic waste is swelling… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month