Calgary police have charged a person with second-degree homicide in reference to the demise of a lady whose physique was present in a metropolis park.
Round 10:30 a.m. on February 16, the physique of Judy Maerz was present in Deerfoot Athletic Park at 1616 8 Ave. NE found. An post-mortem decided that Maerz’s demise was the results of a murder.
After interviewing witnesses, accumulating forensic proof, reviewing CCTV footage from the realm and receiving a “substantial quantity” of knowledge from members of the general public, murder detectives have been capable of slender down the timeline of the killing and establish a possible suspect.
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Police executed a search warrant for a house within the 300 block of Eldorado Place Northeast on Wednesday and arrested one man.
The police consider the sufferer and suspect didn’t know one another and met on the night of February 15. It’s believed that 58-year-old Maerz was picked up by the accused and pushed to the athletic park, and ultimately killed.
Police consider Maerz’s demise was “inside hours” after her physique was found.
Christopher Ward Dunlop, 48, of Calgary, was charged with second-degree homicide and indignity to a physique. Dunlop is because of seem in courtroom on March 6.
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Police confirmed Dunlop had beforehand confessed to murdering Laura Furlan in 2009, admitting to strangling Furlan throughout intercourse, driving round along with her physique earlier than dumping her in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
“There are a number of similarities between these two investigations,” Employees Sgt. Sean Gregson stated.
Gregson stated police are nonetheless finalizing a timeline of the interplay between Dunlop and Maerz, however did consider the hearth was set at Deerfoot Athletic Park in February to cover proof.
Dunlop stays in police custody.
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“This was a really public and intensely disturbing homicide,” Gregson stated. “The sufferer on this case was focused by somebody unknown to her, and we acknowledge that all these circumstances have an infinite influence on the sense of security for Calgarians.
“Over the previous two weeks, our investigators have labored tirelessly to establish the suspect and safe key proof, main to those prices.”
The police referred to as each Maerz’s household and Furlan’s household after the newest grievance was made.
“Judy Maerz was a mom. We spoke to her household this night or in the present day and knowledgeable them of those prices. And he or she was a sufferer of a tragic demise right here,” Gregson stated.
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“Somebody was ripped from their life and never simply (Maerz’s) household. Laura Furlan’s household too, we spoke to them and I am positive it may deliver up a number of horrible reminiscences for them too.”
Anybody with details about the incident who has not but spoken to investigators is requested to name the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Nameless suggestions will also be offered to Crime Stoppers.
-with recordsdata from Nancy Hixt, International Information
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