Desmarais, Alberta – Early this morning, at approximately 2:18 a.m., members of the Desmarais RCMP Detachment responded to a report of disturbance in the Willowridge Estates area of the Bigstone Cree Nation where a woman was found deceased.
Police arrived at a residence and located a deceased woman outside of the home with signs of having suffered intentional traumatic injury. The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Joelle Cardinal* of the Bigstone Cree Nation. The incident was witnessed by several people who were able to identify the suspect as Dwayne Beauregard** (20), who was known to the victim, and for whom police are searching currently.
The RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Edmonton is on location as the investigation is underway and is working with the Desmarais RCMP Detachment, as well as the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS).
Dwayne Beauregard is described as an aboriginal male who is 20 years of age. He is 5’10” (178 cm) tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs (77 kg). He has black hair and brown eyes. On his left forearm he has a tattoo, “ARISSA LOVE”, and the tattoo on his right forearm is of a cross.
It is believed at this time that this was not a random incident and that there is no danger to the general public, however, the RCMP would like to caution anyone who sees Dwayne Beauregard not to approach him. Instead, should anyone believe they may have seen Dwayne Beauregard or know of his whereabouts, they are asked to call police or 911.
Individuals with information about this investigation are asked to call police, or if they wish to remain anonymous, 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).
Bigstone Cree Nation is located approximately 325 kilometres north of Edmonton at Wabasca, Alberta.