A 53-year-old man from Hinton, Alta., Has been charged in connection with the death of a 24-year-old woman and her 16-month-old son, the RCMP announced Saturday.
In a press release, police said Robert Keith Major has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of committing an indignity against human remains in connection with the death of the mother and child, who were reported missing on Thursday.
“Investigators learned that Robert Major lived in the same apartment complex,” the RCMP said of the connection between the suspect and the victims.
“No other connection has been identified … between the victims and the perpetrator and the police are not looking for any other suspects in this case.”
Police have released few details about the case, including where the bodies of the victims were found, but said officers became involved in the missing persons case at 6 p.m. Thursday, after the couple went last seen in Hinton.
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The RCMP said autopsies would be done this weekend.
While no other suspects are being sought, police said their investigation into the killings is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Hinton RCMP detachment at (780) 865-2455 or call Crimestoppers at 1 -800-222-8477.
“This tragic loss of life is incredibly difficult for everyone involved, especially the family of the victims,” the RCMP said Saturday.
“The family has requested privacy to mourn at this time and (out of respect) for the wishes of the family, the RCMP will not release the names of the deceased.”
Major has been placed in pretrial detention and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday in Edson, Alta.
Hinton is located on the outskirts of Jasper National Park, about 287 miles west of Edmonton.
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