Wetaskiwin RCMP and the Major Crimes unit are investigating after human remains were discovered in the burned out structure of Manny’s Hotel.
Emergency crews responded to the fire, just off 40 Avenue in Wetaskiwin, just before midnight on Jan. 14.
After the fire was put out, extreme cold weather hindered efforts to examine the scene and conduct an investigation into the cause of the blaze.
Crews managed to thaw enough ice to begin an examination of the scene on Jan. 20.
Human remains were discovered in the burned out building on Jan. 23. On the same day, the fire investigator determined the cause of the fire was suspicious, resulting in the Major Crimes unit being brought in to assist with the investigation.
An autopsy was conducted on Jan. 24, but the identity of the deceased and the cause of death have yet to be determined. Police say additional tests will be conducted.
RCMP continue to examine the scene of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267.