The mother of an Edmonton-area woman whose boyfriend is sitting in a Kamloops jail cell awaiting a bail hearing this week says she’s been told her daughter’s body has been located in Central Alberta.
Wendy Yurko said she met with RCMP in Fort Saskatchewan, just outside Edmonton, today (Oct. 11) and was told her 31-year-old daughter, Dana Turner, likely met with foul play.
“They said that Dana’s body was found 10 kilometres west of Innisfail out in the open,” she told the Kamloops This Week
“They said they feel she was murdered — that it didn’t look like she died from natural causes.”
Innisfail is located 30 kilometres south of Red Deer.
Mark Lindsay, Turner’s boyfriend, was arrested by Kamloops RCMP on Sept. 21.
It’s believed the 24-year-old had been travelling in a pickup truck from Edmonton with an undercover Alberta Mountie, apparently as part of a Mr. Big sting operation.
In Barriere, it’s alleged Lindsay stabbed the undercover cop and stole the truck.
He was arrested after being stopped by a Kamloops RCMP roadblock.
Lindsay is now charged in Kamloops provincial court with one count each of robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon. He’s being held at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.
Mr. Big stings are elaborate investigations conducted by the RCMP, involving undercover operators posing as criminals involved in a sophisticated gang.
The undercover officers attempt to gain the trust of the target over a period of months, and then ask him to come clean about any previous crimes.
Kamloops This Week learned Lindsay has been identified by police as a homicide suspect, but it’s not known which murder he is suspected in and he’s never publicly been named a suspect.
Turner vanished on Aug. 14, two days after Lindsay got out of jail after pleading guilty to stabbing her in the head in June.
Lindsay served 50 days in jail for the attack.
Yurko said investigators are using DNA from Turner’s toothbrush to confirm the identity of the body found near Innisfail.
Police did not tell Yurko how they found Turner’s body, or exactly where it was found, but said the investigation is now “in full swing.”
Lindsay is slated to appear in a Kamloops courtroom on Thursday, Oct. 13, for a bail hearing.
Police in B.C. and Alberta are not saying anything about Lindsay.
RCMP media liaisons in both provinces have been citing a publication ban on the file, refusing to offer any comments. While there is a publication ban on Lindsay’s file in Kamloops, there has been no bail hearing and no evidence has yet been banned.
Lindsay is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay.
It is not yet known if his father will be present for the bail hearing, or if he’ll attempt to act as a surety for bail.
John Lindsay is now a deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
— Story courtesy of Kamloops This Week