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Body found east of Edmonton identified, death ruled homicide

A little over two weeks after a man's body was discovered in a rural area east of Edmonton, the RCMP's Major Crimes Unit say they've identified him as 33-year-old Aldane Mesquita of Edmonton and are hoping someone from the public can provide a tip about what happened to him.
A little over two weeks after a man's body was discovered in a rural area east of Edmonton, the RCMP's Major Crimes Unit say they've identified him as 33-year-old Aldane Mesquita of Edmonton and are hoping someone from the public can provide a tip about what happened to him. Supplied by RCMP

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Sept. 28, 2018 and updated on Dec. 20 to include information that Mesquita’s death has been ruled homicide.

The death of a 33-year-old man whose body was discovered in a rural area east of Edmonton in September has been ruled a homicide.

Strathcona County RCMP said on Dec. 20 that Aldane Mesquita’s death is still under investigation. The cause of his death was not released.

At about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, officers were called to an industrial area in rural Strathcona County where a body had been discovered, police said.

The RCMP are asking the public for any information they may have on Mesquita or what happened to him that may assist in the investigation of his death. They said investigators are also seeking tips about a white cube van they believe is connected, however, they did not say why.

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“RCMP have already identified and spoken with the registered owner but are seeking information from the public if the van was seen in their neighbourhoods or in their travels between Sept. 11 and Sept. 13,” RCMP said in September.

The RCMP are seeking tips about a white cube van in connection with their investigation into the discovery of a man’s body in a rural part of Strathcona County on Sept. 13, 2018.
The RCMP are seeking tips about a white cube van in connection with their investigation into the discovery of a man’s body in a rural part of Strathcona County on Sept. 13, 2018. Supplied by RCMP

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Strathcona County RCMP detachment at 780-467-7741 or their local police department. Tips can also be anonymously submitted by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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