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Murder charge laid in death of Kelowna woman found west of Edmonton

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WATCH ABOVE: A Spruce Grove man has been charged with second-degree murder after the body of 33-year-old Saladina Vivancos was found west of Edmonton in Parkland County – Nov 27, 2019

A Spruce Grove man has been charged with murder, 10 days after the body of 33-year-old Kelowna woman Saladina Vivancos was found west of Edmonton in Parkland County.

On Wednesday, the RCMP major crimes unit announced 36-year-old Blake Jolicoeur has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Vivancos.

A bail hearing has already been held and RCMP said Jolicoeur remains in custody. He is scheduled to appear in court in Stony Plain later Wednesday.

Jolicoeur is also facing charges in two other matters. He is slated to appear in court in Stony Plain next month to speak to forgery and theft charges.

And in January, he is due in Edmonton court in a case of domestic violence, charged with assault with a weapon, assault and causing pain and suffering to an animal.

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A memorial set up in Parkland County Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. RCMP say 33-year-old Saladina Vivancos’ death is being investigated as a homicide.
A memorial set up in Parkland County Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. RCMP say 33-year-old Saladina Vivancos’ death is being investigated as a homicide. Morris Gamblin, Global News

On Sunday, Nov. 17 around 1:30 a.m., RCMP had been called to assist paramedics with a complaint of a woman in medical distress near Township Road 532A and Range Road 274, just north of Highway 16 and Spruce Grove.

However, when they arrived, first responders determined she was already dead.

READ MORE: RCMP investigating Parkland County homicide

An autopsy determined Vivancos was the victim of a homicide — however, RCMP have not released the cause of death.

Friends said the victim lived in Kelowna and worked as a waitress at a casino there, but was visiting the Edmonton area.

When asked, none of Vivancos’ family and friends knew who Jolicoeur was.

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READ MORE: Friends searching for answers after B.C. woman killed in Parkland County, Alta.

 

A memorial set up in Parkland County Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. RCMP say 33-year-old Saladina Vivancos’ death is being investigated as a homicide.
A memorial set up in Parkland County Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. RCMP say 33-year-old Saladina Vivancos’ death is being investigated as a homicide. Morris Gamblin, Global News

Spruce Grove is about 20 kilometres west of Edmonton.

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Family and friends of B.C. woman killed near Edmonton looking for answers – Nov 25, 2019