Calgary Police narrowing search for suspects in homicide of Jessica Rae Newman

Jessica Rae Newman.
Jessica Rae Newman. Calgary Police Service handout

CALGARY – Police are confirming that the body found in a ditch in a rural area northeast of the city Monday is that of Jessica Rae Newman.

An autopsy has been completed, but police aren’t releasing the cause of the death at this time. Detectives, however, say that the 24-year-old mother of three was a victim of homicide.

Investigators are questioning several persons of interest and have made it clear through a letter to Newman’s mother that they’re closing in on those responsible.

Newman’s body was discovered by a crew working in a ditch along Range Road 285 and Township Road 264.

She was last seen leaving work at the Water Grill in Forest Lawn on the night of March 10.

The next day, she was supposed to be at a custody hearing for her youngest son, but never showed up.

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Police are still investigating her disappearance and subsequent death and have interviewed a number of witnesses in relation to the case.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Newman’s family with funeral costs and her children’s care. A fundraising event is also set for June 5 at the Pineridge Community Centre.

The Water Grill is holding a memorial and fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Police are holding a press conference to release more details at noon, Saturday.

Police investigate the discovery of Jessica Newman’s body in a rural ditch on Monday, May 4, 2015. Global News

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