RCMP in Red Deer say the bodies of a 39-year-old male and a six-year-old girl were found inside a home in the Lancaster neighbourhood Sunday afternoon.
In a news release Monday, Mounties said the father and daughter were found about 3:30 p.m. at a home on Lister Crescent during a welfare check. RCMP gained entry into a secure residence and found the bodies inside.
RCMP say the names of the victims are not being released at this time.
“Initial investigation suggests that there is no threat to the public,” police said.
The girl’s school has been notified and counsellors are being arranged for any affected teachers and students, RCMP said.
“On behalf of the RCMP, I want to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, “ Supt. Ken Foster said. “This is a tragic loss that affects our whole community.”
Records show that the home is owned by a Robert Lesslie Malcom Campbell.
Campbell had lived alone in the home for the last few years with only the occasional visits from his young daughter, neighbours said.
Sunday afternoon, Mother’s Day, a heavy police presence around the tidy home alerted nearby residents that something serious had happened.
By late Sunday, forensic teams had arrived. Investigators began circulating in the neighbourhood asking anyone with surveillance cameras for footage taken between Thursday and Sunday.
“It’s a tragic situation, a very tragic and sad story. I never imagined that something like this could happen in our neighbourhood,” said neighbour Beata Wojtasiewicz.
Police say they will be working with the medical examiner’s officer to determine cause of death for the father…
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