Calgary police make an arrest in connection with the 2014 homicide of Colton Crowshoe

Investigators believe the defendant and Colton Crowshoe knew each other.

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Two weeks after the family of homicide victim Colton Crowshoe pleaded with the public to come forward with information about his 2014 death, Calgary police made an arrest.

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In a news release Thursday, city police said they have taken one man into custody and charges are pending after an extensive investigation into the 2014 murder of 18-year-old Colton James Crowshoe. The arrest comes several days after Colton’s family spoke publicly about the devastating impact his death has had on the family and their desire for his killer to be found.

“I know somebody out there knows, somebody knows something. You’ve seen us suffer every day, you’ve seen us go to great lengths to find Colton’s killer,” Anne Crowshoe, Colton’s aunt, said through tears at a news conference on June 23.

Jimmy Crowshoe, Colton’s father, said someone with information should come forward so the family could have some closure. The family has spoken out annually for eight years, hoping someone will be inspired to share new information about the night of Colton’s death.

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“I keep hoping that one day, someone will stand up and tell the truth,” Jimmy said.

Jimmy Crowshoe, the father of Colton Crowshoe, holds up a family photo during a news conference at Calgary Police Headquarters on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Jimmy Crowshoe, the father of Colton Crowshoe, holds up a family photo during a news conference at Calgary Police Headquarters on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Jim Wells/Post Media

Colton disappeared on July 4, 2014, after leaving a house party in the Abbeydale area. Calgary police waited to release a missing person report until July 22, 2014, and Colton’s body was found two days later in a retention pond near Stoney Trail and 16 Avenue NE.

His death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Over the past eight years, Calgary police’s homicide unit has conducted extensive interviews with witnesses and viewed CCTV footage in an effort to identify a suspect, according to police.

Members of the public with new evidence recently came forward, police said. And on Thursday, a man was taken into custody without incident.

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“Our homicide detectives have been incredibly persistent throughout this investigation,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Gregson from the homicide unit.

Investigators believe the defendant and Colton knew each other and left the Abbeydale party together. The defendant allegedly killed Colton shortly thereafter and dumped his body in the retention pond.

According to police, the motive for the murder is still being determined, but they are not looking for additional suspects.

Police will not reveal the identity of the accused until charges are formally filed.

Gregson said investigators would like to thank the public for their help in the case, as the new information directly resulted in his ability to make the arrest.

“Public assistance is vital in investigations like these,” he said. “In this case, we are grateful that members of the public came forward and trusted our investigators with their information so that we could close the relationship with Colton’s family.”

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