CALGARY – Shocking video was played for the jury Thursday in the high-profile Ryan Lane murder trial.
The surveillance video was captured in the evening of Feb 7, 2012 at an Airdrie car wash.
That’s the day Calgary father Ryan Lane disappeared, after he was seen getting into a red truck.
Calgary police told the court the man in the video is suspect Will Rempel – seen washing the same truck.
The video shows a man meticulously cleaning the vehicle – paying particular attention to the passenger side.
At one point, he jumps on the back and cleans the truck bed. He then washes the floor around the truck – rinsing all debris down the drain.
Later, he opens both the driver and passenger doors and sprays out the cab of the truck with a pressure washer. That’s something that homicide investigator Det. Kurt Jacobs found of significant interest. He told the jury, “I’ve never seen someone enter the interior of a vehicle and spray down the inside of a vehicle.”
A receipt found in Will Rempel’s home led police to a salvage yard – where he allegedly sold the truck for $128 the following day.
The crime scenes unit found two small stains – believed to be blood – on the passenger door frame. Samples have been sent for DNA analysis.
Will Rempel, his brother Tim Rempel, and Tim’s wife Sheena Cuthill are all charged with kidnapping and killing Lane.
It’s alleged the motive was in relation to a dispute over the custody of the child Cuthill shared with Lane.
On Feb 6, 2012, Lane was granted access to the little girl. It was his first visit with his daughter in two years.
The crown’s theory is that Lane was lured to meet the Rempel’s, kidnapped in the red truck, then killed. They suggest his body was burned in a barrel at a gravel pit near Beiseker.
On Thursday, court heard Will Rempel’s computer was seized from the Airdrie home where he lived with his parents.
A forensic examination found Rempel had searched Ryan Lane’s Facebook page in the months leading up to his disappearance.
The jury trial is scheduled for six weeks.