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Alberta RCMP lay 2nd-degree murder charge in 2019 death of Kimberly Cardinal

Kimberly Cardinal, a mother of three, was reported missing on May 6, 2019, RCMP said. She was last seen in the community of Saddle Lake, Alta., on April 23, 2019. Courtesy: Cardinal Family

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have charged a man with second-degree murder in the 2019 death of a Saddle Lake mom, according to a Wednesday news release.

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Case recap

RCMP said Kimberly Cardinal, 34, was last seen in Saddle Lake on April 23, 2019, and reported missing on May 6.

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On May 8, 2019, community members, St. Paul Search and Rescue and RCMP conducted a search on Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

On June 25, 2019, human remains were found in the Saddle Lake area.

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On July 24, 2019, a medical examiner positively identified the remains as Cardinal’s.

Arrest, charges

Police said they arrested Billy Joe Brertton, 43, of Saddle Lake, on Tuesday and charged him Wednesday with second-degree murder and improperly interfering with the human remains of Cardinal.

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Brertton is in custody and his next court date is July 23.

Police said they are not looking for any other suspects.

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