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MYSTERY HOMICIDE! COPS NOT TALKING UNTIL CHARGES LAID /18
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:35:12 AM »
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/edmonton-police-remain-mum-on-mystery-homicide

Edmonton police remain mum on mystery homicide
City police say they will release information about a mysterious homicide "when and if" charges are laid.

Published on: December 29, 2017 | Last Updated: December 29, 2017 6:58 PM MST

City police say they will release details about a death quietly added to Edmonton?s 2017 homicide count earlier this month ?when and if? charges are laid.


On Friday, Edmonton police spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said any investigation into the mysterious homicide is still ongoing. Police have been tight-lipped about the death, refusing to reveal the date or location of the homicide, or any identifying information about the victim.
Voordenhout added police will ?have more information to communicate? if charges are laid.


City police say they will release details about a death quietly added to Edmonton?s 2017 homicide count earlier this month ?when and if? charges are laid.
On Friday, Edmonton police spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said an investigation into the mysterious homicide is still ongoing. Police have been tight-lipped about the death, refusing to reveal the date or location of the homicide, or any identifying information about the victim.
Voordenhout added police will ?have more information to communicate? if charges are laid.
Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said in year-end interviews Dec. 19 that the number of homicides had increased to 41 from 40 ? though that number has since increased again following the Christmas Day homicide of 48-year-old Eddie Eugene Melenka.

After Knecht revealed the death, police communications staff said the investigation was at a ?sensitive stage? and that releasing any information could compromise the investigation. When the homicide total was updated on the EPS website, the number of male victims increased by one.

Including Melenka?s death, there have been 45 Edmonton homicides so far in 2017, though police do not include two officer-involved shooting deaths, nor do they include a death by vehicle where homicide charges were initially laid, but then withdrawn.
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Re: MYSTERY HOMICIDE! COPS NOT TALKING UNTIL CHARGES LAID /18
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 03:08:27 PM »
http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/paula-simons-surreal-homicide-secrecy-leaves-edmonton-in-the-dark

Paula Simons: Surreal homicide secrecy leaves Edmonton in the Dark

It?s a murder mystery of a most peculiar kind ? the homicide that police just won?t discuss.
On Dec. 19, in his annual year-end interviews with the local media, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht casually added another, previously unrevealed, homicide to the city?s running tally of culpable death.
?I asked this morning, and I said, ?What are we at?? ? Knecht told reporters. ?Because I thought it was 40, actually. And we?re at 41. I had it double-checked. We?re at 41, as of today.?
It was an odd statement. Was this a homicide that the chief himself hadn?t known about? Was he supposed to announce the death this way, or was it a slip?

Certainly, Knecht?s off-handed comment was the first time journalists learned about this new death.
Unfortunately, that?s all we know.

More than a week later, the media relations office of the Edmonton Police Service still refuses to release any more information about this mysterious case.
Police won?t tell us who died. It?s not just the name they?re keeping a secret. We don?t know the person?s age, so we have no way of knowing whether the victim was a baby, a senior, a teenager, a young adult.

Police won?t release the victim?s gender, either. Before the chief?s interview, EPS had told journalists that 32 of this year?s homicide victims were male and eight were female. After the interview, revised numbers on the EPS website showed 33 males had been homicide victims. We might deduce that this new victim was male. Still, police won?t confirm it.
The police won?t say when this person died. Maybe it was last week. Or perhaps he  ? if it is a he ? died months and months ago, and the death was only recently ruled a homicide. We just don?t know.

How did this person die? Gunshot? Stabbing? Was the victim beaten to death? Strangled? Smothered? Poisoned? Run over by a car?
Was the victim killed at home? In a back alley? Outside a bar? In the library with a candlestick? Your guess is as good as mine.

Police insist they need to keep all this basic information completely confidential because the investigation is at a ?very sensitive stage.?
Releasing any more data, police told me Wednesday, could compromise the ?integrity of the investigation.?
Whatever that means.

It?s a truly unprecedented degree of confidentiality, even for the EPS.
The service has become much more secretive in the last 12 months.
Before 2017, it was standard practice for the Edmonton police to release the names of homicide victims. This year, there was a striking departure in protocol, with police routinely refusing to release names.

The EPS offered various explanations for this new policy. Sometimes, they said they were refusing to release the names to protect the families of victims. Other times, they blamed Alberta?s privacy legislation, insisting ? creatively, if erroneously ? that provincial law forbade them from naming the dead.

The total secrecy surrounding Homicide No. 41 takes ?privacy? to a surreal level of absurdity.
Since then, we?ve had another homicide, No. 42. Police have said this victim was a 48-year-old man who died Christmas morning. But police aren?t releasing his name, either, citing privacy concerns.

But murder isn?t a private act. It is not a crime against one person. It is an assault on the peace of the community. And Edmonton?s extraordinarily high homicide rate is a symptom of a larger social malaise. How can we hope to reduce violent crime, if we can?t keep track of who?s being killed and in what circumstances? How do we hold police accountable, if we don?t know what they?re investigating?

Sure, we may learn some of their names from court records, if charges are laid in their deaths. But if no one is ever arrested, they could remain anonymous forever.

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Re: MYSTERY HOMICIDE! COPS NOT TALKING UNTIL CHARGES LAID /18
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 09:21:57 PM »
In 2017 the case of missing Dylan Koshman from 2008, was changed from missing to a possible homicide and turned over to the homicide unit in 2017. 

Could this be the case? - Was this case not added to the total until the end of the year?

The Koshman case is under investigation as a homicide.

No remains have ever been found.

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