Lacombe homicide investigation progressing

Lacombe Police Service hopes to have forensic results back soon in 2015 homicide investigation.

Lacombe police hope to have key forensic work completed soon in an 11-month homicide investigation.

“We’re still awaiting some evidentiary pieces back from some special forensic units,” said Lacombe acting Police Chief Lorne Blumhagen on Friday.

“We still have a few more pieces to collect and then we’ll review it again hopefully will have some answers, I would hope, by the end of the year.

“Once we receive that then we will be in consultation with the Crown on any further consideration of charges.”

Blumhagen said RCMP’s Forensic Science and Identification Services and Calgary police have assisted in the investigation into the death of 26-year-old Brent John Forgie. The Leduc man died at the scene of a violent house brawl in Lacombe around midnight on Dec. 9, 2015.

Another man was seriously injured with stab wounds. Calgary’s Jesse Vankroonenburgh, 24, is going to trial on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (knife) and two counts of failing to obey court orders. A trial date has not yet been set.

Police are not releasing much information on the Forgie homicide, including cause of death, because of the ongoing investigation, said Blumhagen.

“At this time, I don’t want to make statements on the cause of death until our other evidence is all complete,” he said.

Forgie’s family has been kept updated on the progress of the investigation, he said.

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