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UPDATE: Major Crimes investigates suspicious death near Springbank Airport

Editor’s note: Updates throughout

The death of a man found near the Springbank Airport is being investigated as a homicide.

According to a press release from Cochrane RCMP, the body of a man was located off a rural road near the airport at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Officers responding to the scene determined the death was suspicious, and the Major Crimes Unit South took over the investigation.

On Dec. 31, according to a release from Major Crimes, an autopsy was completed on the deceased and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

Arrest warrants were issued for Trista Nadene Tinkler, 34, and Robert Gordon Daignault, 51. The pair is believed to be in possession of the victim's vehicle – a bronze 2013 Kia Optima with Alberta license plate E22149.

According to an RCMP press release Jan. 3, the suspects are believed to be in the Edmonton area, "however, the location of the vehicle remains unknown."

Tinkler is described as being five-foot-six, 154 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. According to police, she has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, theft of a credit card, failure to comply with an Appearance Notice or Promise to Appear, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Daignault is described as being five-foot-nine, 185 pounds, with hazel eyes and a bald head. He was charged with the same counts as Tinkler.

"The RCMP believe that these two individuals may be armed and present a danger to the public," the release stated.

Anyone with any information about this investigation or who sees Tinkler, Daignault or the Kia, is asked to contact the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000, or call your local police agency.  To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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