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Police arrest estranged husband in death of Wainwright mother of 2

Robert Dean Clifford, 35, and his estranged late wife Nichole Clifford, 31.
Robert Dean Clifford, 35, and his estranged late wife Nichole Clifford, 31. Credit: Facebook

RCMP arrested and charged Robert Dean Clifford, 35, with one count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Nichole Clifford, a 31-year-old mother of two.

Police said Clifford was the woman’s estranged husband.

Robert Dean Clifford, 35, and his estranged late wife Nichole Clifford, 31, on their wedding day.
Robert Dean Clifford, 35, and his estranged late wife Nichole Clifford, 31, on their wedding day. Credit: Facebook

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The accused was arrested Thursday and was charged Friday. He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Vegreville on Monday.

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Police tape surrounds the Wainwright, Alta. home where Nichole Clifford, 31, was found dead on Friday, February 24, 2017.
Police tape surrounds the Wainwright, Alta. home where Nichole Clifford, 31, was found dead on Friday, February 24, 2017. Julia Wong, Global News

Clifford’s body was found in her home in Wainwright on the morning of Feb. 24. She was alone in the house. RCMP had been called to the home to perform a welfare check.

READ MORE: Wainwright mother Nichole Clifford was victim of a homicide: RCMP

In February, neighbours told Global News she was the mother of two young children. Clifford went by her maiden name McKeith on Facebook and neighbours said she was recently divorced.

Nichole Clifford, 31, was a mother of two young children.
Nichole Clifford, 31, was a mother of two young children. Credit: Facebook
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