UPDATE: Calgary Police Charge Man in Rideau Park Homicide

Calgary, Alberta – A man has been charged in relation to the suspicious death of an elderly woman in Rideau Park this morning.


At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, police were called to a residence in the 3000 block of Rideau Place S.W., for reports that someone had died. A woman, believed to be in her 80s, was found deceased inside the residence. A man in his 80s was taken into custody.

Investigators believe the victim was assaulted during the early morning hours, though it is not yet known what prompted the attack. There is no history of domestic violence that police are aware of at this time.

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An autopsy is currently under way to determine cause of death. The victim has been identified as Audrey VAN ZUIDEN, 80, of Calgary.

The victim’s husband, Siegfried VAN ZUIDEN, 85, has been charged with second-degree murder. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.orgTEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

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Calgary Police Service