Two people charged in death of eight-year-old girl: Edmonton police

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EDMONTON — Police say two people have been charged in the death of an eight-year-old girl in Edmonton.

They say patrol officers responded to a welfare call related to the child at a home on Monday.

But they have not been able to find her and believe she's dead.

Officers say a 27-year-old woman was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and indignity to a body, while a 66-year-old man has been charged with accessory to first-degree murder and indignity to a dead body.

Police are not releasing the names of the suspects or the child — who knew each other — in order to protect the identities of other children related to the girl.

Police are continuing to look for the girl's body outside of the city.

“This was a fluid and fast-moving investigation, and we’d like to thank the family for their co-operation as they navigate this tragic and unfathomable loss,” Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a news release Friday.

“We would also like to thank our external agency partners, in particular the RCMP, who immediately came forward to assist.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2023.

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