Fort McMurray, Alberta – Yesterday, the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment arrested 26-year-old, Brian Christopher Rickett** of Fort McMurray, for the murder of Mark Wiley**, who had been the victim of an aggravated assault on Friday, April 7 and had succumbed to his injuries in an Edmonton-area hospital five days later.
Mark Wiley, who was 33-years-old at the time of his death, had been located by police on Franklin Avenue in Fort McMurray early on the morning of Friday, April 7 at approximately 3:45 a.m. after police responded to a report of a man lying on the ground. Mr. Wiley received local medical assistance before being transported to a hospital in the Edmonton area for additional treatment. Unfortunately, he died on Wednesday, April 12.
An autopsy was conducted in Edmonton at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner today and the manner of Mr. Wiley’s death was determined to be a homicide.
Brian Christopher Rickett is scheduled to make his first appearance via CCTV in Provincial Court on Monday April 24 in Fort McMurray.
Given that this matter is before the courts, the RCMP will not be releasing additional information about this investigation.
Update #1 April 13, 2017
Wood Buffalo RCMP investigating suspicious death after assault victim dies
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment is investigating a suspicious death after the victim of an aggravated assault which occurred last Friday in Fort McMurray has succumbed to his injuries in an Edmonton-area hospital.
Members of the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment had responded to a report of an aggravated assault on Franklin Avenue, between Father Mercredi Street and McLeod Street at approximately 3:45 a.m. on the morning of Friday, April 7, 2016. Police attended the location and found a man who was seriously injured. The victim received local medical assistance before being transported to a hospital in the Edmonton area for additional treatment. Unfortunately, he died on Wednesday, April 12.
Members from the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment’s General Investigation Section (GIS) as well as from the RCMP’s Major Crime Unit – North (MCU) are investigating the circumstances surrounding the initial complaint and aggravated assault and the victim’s subsequent death. An autopsy has been scheduled to take place at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 18.
The investigation is ongoing and the RCMP would like to assure the media that new information will be provided by way of updates when it becomes available. The identity of the deceased man is not being released at this time by the RCMP as the investigation is continuing and the autopsy has yet to be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to hear from anyone who may have information about this matter and asks that they call the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment at 780-788-4000. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). In reporting information to 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.
Wood Buffalo RCMP: Investigating an Aggravated Assault
Fort McMurray, Alberta – On April 7th, at approximately 3:45 AM, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to an aggravated assault, which occurred on Franklin Avenue, between Father Mercredi Street and McLeod Street.
The victim, a male, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a hospital for care. No one has been arrested or charged at this time.
Police are requesting that anyone with any information regarding this occurrence contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000. Alternatively, if you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at www.tipsubmit.com. You are not required to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.
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