No link between string of sudden deaths in Red Deer: RCMP

Rumours swirling around Red Deer on Tuesday that four sudden deaths were linked are untrue.

Rumours swirling around Red Deer on Tuesday that four sudden deaths were linked are untrue.

RCMP had reported on Monday that a Red Deer man who had gone missing last week was found deceased in Lacombe County on Sunday and his death was non-suspicious.

Red Deer RCMP have now confirmed there were also three sudden non-suspicious deaths in Red Deer on Monday.

Two of the people who died were people under the age of 18, and the other two were adults (including the man found in Lacombe County), Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Leanne Molzahn said on Tuesday.

“I can’t comment on the details of the deaths but I can confirm they were not all suicides.

“There has been a lot of interest generated but unfortunately it is a result of some rumours that have been created by someone or some people,” Molzahn.

“We do want to quell those rumours because they are inaccurate.

“There is nothing indicating there is any linkage,” of the deaths, she said. “At this point in time there is nothing suspicious or criminal in nature that has been noted.

“It’s not to say there hasn’t been more than one sudden death in a day. We do live in a city of 100,000 people. There are occasions where there is more than one sudden death. … It’s not to say that it’s never happened before,” Molzahn said.

“I have no idea why (the rumours) have taken the direction they have. We just see that as very unfortunate because there are families that are grieving right now and the last thing that they need to hear about is rumours such as that, which are completely inaccurate.”

There were unverified reports on social media about several deaths in the community, and police fielded a lot of calls because of the rumours.

RCMP don’t usually report on non-criminal deaths out of respect for the families.

barr@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Grain shippers worried about strike as feds urge CN and union to continue talks

MONTREAL — Grain shippers are concerned about the impact of a strike… Continue reading

A lesson in excellence and success

Mary Kemmis, president of the Prairie Division of Black Press Media, and… Continue reading

More flurries expected Tuesday evening in Red Deer

It’s snowing in Red Deer. Snow began earlier this morning and is… Continue reading

Trans Mountain received $320M in government subsidies in first half 2019: report

VANCOUVER — The Trans Mountain pipeline received $320 million in subsidies from… Continue reading

EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

LONDON — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first… Continue reading

Central Albertans help families during holidays with Christmas Wish Breakfast

It takes a community to help a community. And Sunday morning at… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Nov. 19 The Mountview Sunnybrook Community Association will hold its AGM at… Continue reading

University of Calgary to slash payroll after post-secondary funding cuts

The government is also cutting all funding for the Infrastructure Maintenance Program

Opinion: Climbing cost of drinking water a drain on low-income earners

Environmentalists and water economists have long argued Canadian households have not conserved… Continue reading

U.S. support for Israeli settlements is no surprise

As British newspaper magnate Viscount Northcliffe said: “When a dog bites a… Continue reading

Opinion: The buck stops with Red Deer city council

Red Deer city council has taken measures to distance itself from decisions… Continue reading

Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil give Canada Davis Cup win over favoured Italy

MADRID — Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil kept rolling on Monday, notching… Continue reading

Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser hasn’t had a lot of time to reflect.… Continue reading

Federal Court orders Canada’s ISPs to block piracy website for first time

TORONTO — A Federal Court is ordering Canada’s internet service providers to… Continue reading

Most Read