UPDATE: Wood Buffalo RCMP charge man in homicide of Richard Huppie

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The RCMP has charged a 61-year-old Fort McMurray man with second degree murder as part of its investigation into the death of Richard Huppie** (48), also of Fort McMurray, who had been found deceased in his Riverstone Ridge apartment on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

An autopsy was conducted today at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton which determined that the manner of Richard Huppie’s death was homicide.

Barry Michaud** (61), of Fort McMurray, has been charged with one count of second degree murder and has been remanded in custody. His next court date is scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Provincial Court in Fort McMurray.

The family of Richard Huppie has asked that their privacy be respected at this time.


May 4, 2017

Wood Buffalo RCMP investigate homicide

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On the evening of Tuesday, May 2, members of the Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at an apartment on Riverstone Ridge in Fort McMurray in which they found one man deceased and arrested another who was in the residence.

The investigation is ongoing as members from the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit – North (MCU) have assumed carriage of the file and are being assisted by the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment’s General Investigation Section (GIS), Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and uniformed members.

Police are of the opinion that this was not a random incident and believe that with one man in custody, there is no danger to the public.

The scene is being processed and witnesses have been identified and are being interviewed. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (May 5) at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton. Presently, police are working to identify the deceased man.

New information will be provided to the media by way of updates when it becomes available.

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. Those who wish to remain anonymous may 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).

Wood Buffalo RCMP


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