Red Deer man charged in murders of two Onion Lake women

A Red Deer man is facing first-degree murder charges in connection to the deaths of two Indigenous women nearly a decade ago.

A Red Deer man is facing first-degree murder charges in connection to the deaths of two Indigenous women nearly a decade ago.

Gordon Alfred Rogers, 59, has been charged with two counts of first degree murders in the deaths of Violet Marie Heathen, 49, and Jeanette Jean Chef, 48, from the Onion Lake Cree Nation

Police made the announcement about the historical homicides at a special news conference on Thursday.

Given that these cases are now before the courts, the RCMP will not release any further details.

Police say Chief’s body was discovered on June 6, 2007 in a river near Lloydminster by a passerby.

The last known sighting of the 48-year-old woman was in Lloydminster on June 2. An autopsy confirmed her death was a homicide.

Heathen was last seen in Lloydminster on May 15, 2009. Her family reported her missing to the Onion Lake RCMP Detachment after not hearing from her for two weeks. Her remains were located in a rural area near Kitscoty by hunter on Nov. 7, 2009. Positive identification on the remains was obtained on Dec.22, 2009.

Police were able to connect the two cases after the evidence from extensive investigations.

Rogers was arrested in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Rogers is scheduled to make his first appearance in provincial court in Lloydminster on April 5.

Just Posted

Red Deer mall repurposes former Sears location

The Great Indoors Market at Bower officially launches Nov. 10

Red Deer-area businesses prepare for economic boost from Canadian Finals Rodeo

Hotels, restaurants, gift shops get ready for rodeo fans

Sylvan Lake considering banning charcoal barbecues in lakefront parks

Town council wants more information on concerns about charcoal barbecues and over-sized tents

Winter Games relocates its Volunteer Centre

Now open at Bower Place in Red Deer

Drouin scores deciding goal as Canadiens hold off Flames in 3-2 win

MONTREAL — Flames goalie David Rittich did everything he could to keep… Continue reading

Coalition of consumer groups calls for new code of conduct for telecom sales

A new government-backed code of conduct is needed to protect consumers from… Continue reading

Canadian National Railway rakes in record revenues amid concerns over capacity

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. says it raked in the highest… Continue reading

Alberta Party candidates set for Red Deer

The Alberta Party will have candidates running in both Red Deer-South and… Continue reading

Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Woody Baron co-authors children’s book

TORONTO — Woody Baron finds the spectre of tangling with a hulking… Continue reading

Sundin not surprised Leafs asking stars to take less money to stay together

TORONTO — Mats Sundin isn’t surprised the Toronto Maple Leafs are asking… Continue reading

Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC

WASHINGTON — It’s a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart… Continue reading

‘Halloween’ scares up $77.5 million in ticket sales

LOS ANGELES — Forty years after he first appeared in theatres, Michael… Continue reading

Most Read