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Murder charge laid in death of missing Calgary man

Man charged, Calgary police asking for public’s help in homicide investigation
WATCH: Calgary police have charged a man with second-degree murder in the killing of Shane Smith, who was reported missing earlier this month. As Christa Dao reports, police say they also need information about two vehicles believed to have moved the victim's body.

As Calgary police continue their search for the remains of a man they believe was killed, investigators have charged another man with murder in relation to the case.

Police asked the public for tips last week as they worked to locate the body of Shane Eric James Smith, a 20-year-old man from Chestermere who hadn’t been seen in several days.

READ MORE: Missing Calgary man believed to be victim of homicide, police search for body

On Monday, officers arrested and charged 24-year-old Ian Charles Abercrombie with second-degree murder in Smith’s death. He was also charged with committing an indecency to a human body and breaching both a court order and firearms prohibition.

On Wednesday during a news conference, police said they believe Smith and Abercrombie were friends.

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“They were known to one another, we know a firearm was used and a firearm was pointed,” Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm said.

On Monday, officers arrested and charged 24-year-old Ian Charles Abercrombie with second-degree murder in Smith’s death.
On Monday, officers arrested and charged 24-year-old Ian Charles Abercrombie with second-degree murder in Smith’s death. Facebook
On Monday, officers arrested and charged 24-year-old Ian Charles Abercrombie with second-degree murder in Smith’s death.
On Monday, officers arrested and charged 24-year-old Ian Charles Abercrombie with second-degree murder in Smith’s death. Facebook

Police are still hoping to speak with anyone who drove across the Bow River bridge on Deerfoot Trail S.E. between midnight on June 6 and 9 a.m. on June 7 and has dashcam footage, as investigators believe Smith’s car was driven and parked in the area.

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Police search Bow River for Calgary man believed to be homicide victim
Police search Bow River for Calgary man believed to be homicide victim

Police said two vehicles have been seized in relation to the homicide investigation. Officers believe the cars were used to move Smith’s body.

The seized vehicles include a burgundy Mercedes Benz ML55 with chrome rims and a white 2010 Crown Victoria with black rims and a black push-bar on the front of the vehicle.

Calgary police have seized two vehicles in relation to a homicide investigation.
Calgary police have seized two vehicles in relation to a homicide investigation. Calgary Police Service

“We have seized those vehicles, we’re looking for anyone who may have observed them,” Chisholm said.

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Anyone who saw these vehicles between midnight on June 6 to June 9, or who has information on this case is asked to contact Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or to contact Crime Stoppers.