Wainwright, Alberta – Members of the Wainwright RCMP Detachment, as well as investigators from the RCMP’s Major Crime Unit (MCU), are treating the death of 31-year-old Wainwright resident, Nichole Clifford*, as a murder investigation after receiving confirmation today from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that the manner of death was determined to be homicide.
It was approximately 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Friday, February 24, when police received a report that Ms. Clifford had not arrived at work. Members of the Wainwright RCMP Detachment attended Ms. Clifford’s home, situated at 1206 – 8 Avenue, to conduct a wellness check. Police found Ms. Clifford deceased within the residence.
Today, an autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton which determined the manner of Nichole Clifford’s death to be homicide.
RCMP MCU from Edmonton has been working on the case since last Friday together with members from the Wainwright RCMP Detachment. The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) has been involved in examining the scene and gathering evidence in the process.
Police would like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area of 12th Street and 8th Avenue in Wainwright anytime between the evening of Thursday, February 23 and the morning of Friday, February 24, especially if they may have heard or seen anything unusual.
The Wainwright RCMP would like to ask anyone who may have information about this matter to call the Wainwright RCMP Detachment at 780-842-4461. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you may qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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