July 4, 2014 2:36 pm

Searchers find body of missing woman; husband charged

Malena Loonskin, 26, was found dead near her home in John D’Or Prairie, AB.

Supplied: RCMP

EDMONTON — A man is facing charges after searchers found the body of his common-law wife in the woods near their northern Alberta home.

RCMP said an autopsy confirms Malena Sarah Loonskin, 26, was killed. The North Peace-area woman disappeared from John D’Or Prairie on June 23, 2014. The community is part of the Little Red River Cree Nation.

A photo of Loonskin provided by RCMP also appears on her Facebook profile, which shows other pictures of her and three young boys, whom she identified as her sons.

Many members of the Little Red River Cree Nation helped search for her. One found her body in a wooded area near her home on Tuesday, July 1.

Jason Tallcree was arrested and charged by the Edmonton RCMP Major Crimes Unit with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains. He is in custody and will make his first court appearance in Fort Vermilion on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

John D’Or Prairie is more than 700 kilometres north of Edmonton, in a remote part of Alberta.

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