Alberta RCMP Major Crimes investigate suspicious death; “911 call of a male in medical distress at a business in northeast Airdrie” – UPDATE, Charges laid

Airdrie, Alberta – Alberta Major Crimes Unit have laid charges in relation to the suspicious death.

The autopsy was performed on Jan. 14, 2022, and the manner of death has been deemed a homicide by Office of the Chief Medial Examiner.

20-year-old Alexander James Thorpe of Airdrie has been charged with the second degree murder of Melanie Lowen (48) also of Airdrie.

After a judicial hearing, Thorpe was remanded to custody and will next be appearing in Calgary Provincial Court on Jan.17, 2022.

As these matters are now before the courts, no further details can be released.


Airdrie, Alberta – On Jan. 13, 2022, at approximately 8 a.m., Airdrie RCMP responded to a 911 call of a male in medical distress at a business in northeast Airdrie.

Emergency Medical Services attended the scene and assessed the male.

As a result of the investigation, a well-being check was done at a residence in Airdrie.

An adult female was located deceased in the residence and her death is believed to be suspicious.

Suspicious Death
(File Photo) Suspicious Death

The adult male was taken into custody in relation to the death, however was transported to hospital for his well-being and remains for an extended period.

Police are not seeking any additional suspects at this time and there is no risk to the public.

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken carriage of the investigation and the Forensic Identification Section has also been called into assist.

An autopsy has been ordered by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner and will be conducted in the coming days.

The next-of-kin has been notified.

An update will be provided when further details can be released.

Airdrie RCMP

RCMP – Southern Alberta District

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