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Alberta man’s death near Slave Lake ruled a homicide

RCMP Mounties cruiser car Manitoba
File: An RCMP cruiser. Jeremy Desrochers / Global News file

The death of a man whose body was found while firefighters were putting out a blaze west of Slave Lake has been ruled a homicide.

Just after 1:30 a.m. on May 31, police and fire crews were called to a blaze about 20 kilometres west of Slave Lake. While putting out the fire, the body of 30-year-old Darren Dawson was discovered.

Slave Lake RCMP said Thursday that an autopsy confirmed the Alberta man’s death was a homicide, but police would not release how he died.

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RCMP said the fire had nothing to do with a wildfire burning in the area, but wouldn’t release further information about the blaze.

Slave Lake is located approximately 250 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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Anyone with information regarding Dawson’s death is asked to contact Slave Lake RCMP at 780-849-3045. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.