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Edmonton police say woman found dead at southside motel was victim of homicide

Edmonton homicide unit investigating death at southside motel
WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton police were called to an assault at a motel along Gateway Blvd. in south Edmonton on Sunday. As Breanna Karstens-Smith explains, they arrived at the Royal Lodge to find one person dead.

Police remained at a south Edmonton motel Monday as officers investigated a suspicious death that was reported Sunday night.

At around 8 p.m. Sunday, police were called to reports of an assault at the Royal Lodge on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue.

Police said a person was found dead inside one of the motel suites.

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Police tape closed off a large section of the motel parking lot and a white sheet could be seen hanging from the second floor covering a ground-floor suite.

On Monday, the EPS Canine Unit was also on scene, and a dog could be seen sweeping the ditch just off Gateway Boulevard.

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Police did not say if they had a suspect(s) in custody.

On Friday, police said the medical examiner completed an autopsy on the 48-year-old woman.

“Autopsy results are still pending regarding the cause of Lisa Arsenault’s death, though the manner of death has been confirmed as homicide,” EPS said.

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with knowledge about this homicide or the whereabouts of Ms. Arsenault prior to the evening of Sunday, May 24, to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

 

Edmonton police can be seen investigating a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel Sunday.
Edmonton police can be seen investigating a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel Sunday. Eric Beck/Global News
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020.
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020. Global News
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020.
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020. Global News
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020.
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020. Global News
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020.
Edmonton police investigate a suspicious death at the Royal Lodge motel on Gateway Boulevard at 38 Avenue Monday, May 25, 2020. Global News

With files from Caley Ramsay and Emily Mertz, Global News.

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