Body found in Edmonton fire ruled homicide, charges laid

Edmonton, Alberta – Police have laid charges in the January death of Thomas Richard Russell, 32.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, Edmonton Fire Rescue called police to a suspicious fire at a residence in the area of 118 Avenue and 79 Street. During the investigation of the fire, a body was found inside the building.

A Jan. 25, 2022 autopsy completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner identified the deceased as Thomas Richard Russell, 32. At the time, the cause and manner of death were pending additional testing.

Fatal Fire Homicide
(File Photo) Fatal Fire Homicide

The Edmonton Medical Examiner has since determined Russell’s death was a homicide. The cause of death is being withheld for investigative reasons, as EPS Homicide Section continues to investigate.

On July 7, 2022, Kody Shortneck, 28, was arrested and charged with kidnapping with a firearm, manslaughter with a firearm, interfere with a dead body, and arson.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: H22R003-1

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