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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 07:53

Medicine Hat Police investigate a suspicious death

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By Gillian Slade

Southern Alberta Newspapers

An investigation continues into the suspicious death of Casey Donovan Armstrong, 48, which police believe took place up to 36 hours before authorities were notified at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.


Armstrong died apparently at his home, on the 2200 block of Southview Drive S.E., a trailer park on the corner of Carry Drive and Southview Drive.
The major crimes section and the forensic identification unit of Medicine Hat Police Service were still on site Monday collecting evidence at the scene and within the community.
"The cause of death appears to be the result of an injury from a sharp object," said Insp. Glen Motz of Medicine Hat Police Service in an interview with the News on Monday morning. "A motive has not yet been determined."
Armstrong was not a person of interest to police prior to his death, said Motz.
"There is no need for the community to have any concern," he added. "This is an isolated incident."
Motz said a friend notified police on Sunday morning and prior to that nobody in the neighbourhood was aware of what had taken place.
One neighbour, who did not want the News to publish her identity, said she knew the victim over the past four years.
"He was a really good neighbour," she said. "He was happy and somewhat quiet."
She remembers Armstrong helping neighbours shovel snow or cut their grass.
The woman, who lives in short distance from the victim's home which he shared with his son, says they were not aware of anything unusual happening until they heard the sirens of the emergency response team on Sunday morning.
"It's crazy that something like this happens," she said. "There was no reason at all to expect something like this."


Police continue to investigate, said Motz, who was not prepared to comment on whether they already have a suspect.
"We can't rule out anyone who was known to the individual," said Motz. "An autopsy will be conducted this week in Calgary."
Information that could assist the police is being sought. Anyone with information should contact the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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