RCMP investigating ’multiple’ suspicious deaths on southern Alberta highway

RCMP have closed a stretch of a busy southern Alberta highway as they investigate what they call the suspicious deaths of a number of people.

CLARESHOLM — RCMP have closed a stretch of a busy southern Alberta highway as they investigate what they call the suspicious deaths of a number of people.

Sgt. Patrick Webb, an RCMP spokesman, says Highway 2 near Claresholm has been shut down in both directions as the major crimes unit investigates what he calls multiple deaths.

Webb says two vehicles were discovered overnight along the northbound lanes of the four-lane divided highway just north of the town.

He says details on the number of dead, their genders and where they were from aren’t known at this point, but the area is being treated as a murder scene.

“At this time, as is normal procedure, we are investigating this as if it is a…homicide,” Webb said Thursday. “That simply is to gather all the possible evidence at the scene.

“But this is very highly suspicious, so we are definitely treating it as a murder investigation.”

There is also no word on whether any weapons were found at the site, about 130 kilometres south of Calgary.

Webb says detours are in place as Highway 2 will be closed for several hours.