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Alberta man charged with killing his 71-year-old father east of Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: A murder investigation is underway in Strathcona County. On Saturday, RCMP said a man was charged with murder after his father was found dead in a rural home.

A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his 71-year-old father east of Edmonton.

On Saturday, police said Kristian Darius Stroh has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Norman Stroh.

Police said both the victim and the accused were from Strathcona County.

Officers were called to rural Strathcona County Friday afternoon where they found a man who appeared to have been stabbed to death, the RCMP said. The victim was pronounced dead on scene.

“(Police) were called to what was believed to be an altercation between father and son at a rural property within Strathcona County,” Cpl. Leigh Drinkwater, an RCMP spokesperson, said.

Drinkwater added officers arrived at a home believed to be owned by a member of the Stroh family but couldn’t say who called in the complaint.

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The RCMP Major Crimes Unit has now taken over the investigation.

Drinkwater said he could not comment on a possible motive for the crime.

“That’s the portion of this investigation that’s currently being looked into by our Major Crimes Unit out of Edmonton,” he said.

“This was a very dynamic investigation. The arrest was made very, very quickly. So, as opposed to a lot of homicide investigations where there’s a lengthy investigation that eventually leads up to an arrest and charges, in this case, the arrest was made very, very quickly and now the investigation is being conducted.”

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

Mounties said search warrants for the property were applied for and granted on Saturday.

A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 on Saturday morning.

Kristian Stroh remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Strathcona County Provincial Court on Wednesday morning.

Both the victim and the accused were not known to police, the RCMP said. They added police were not searching for any additional suspects.

The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017.  A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton.
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017. A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton. Shallima Maharaj/ Global News
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017.  A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton.
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017. A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton. Shallima Maharaj/ Global News
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017.  A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton.
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017. A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton. Shallima Maharaj/ Global News
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017.  A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton.
The RCMP confirmed they were investigating a murder in Strathcona County on April 29, 2017. A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Range Road 212 and Township Road 542 east of Edmonton. Geoff Stickle/ Global News
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