Serial killer on the loose? Bodies of five sex workers found in...

Serial killer on the loose? Bodies of five sex workers found in Alberta, Canada

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Originally published on 29 July, 2015

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The recent discovery of a sex-worker’s body along with four other bodies near Leduc, Alberta has led the police to believe a serial killer might be responsible.

Twenty-seven-year-old Corrie Ottenbreit, identified by DNA analysis, was last seen on May 9, 2004 after telling her husband and child that she was going to work on the streets.

Ottenbreit was discovered in a rural property near Leduc, Alberta on April 19, 2015, along with another sex-worker, Delores Brower, on April 19, 2015, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta.

Thirty-three-year-old Brower was last seen on May 15, 2004 trying to get a ride on the corner of 118th Avenue and 70th Street in Edmonton, said police.

Two other sex-workers’ remains were found within 8 kilometres of the two bodies, 40-year-old Katie Ballantyne and 20-year-old Amber Tuccaro.

Ballantyne was last seen on April 28, 2003 and was reported missing by a friend on May 5, 2003, said Edmonton Police Service. She was found by a farmer on July 7, 2003.

Tuccaro was last seen on August 18, 2010 after getting into a car in Nisku, near Edmonton.

“You better not be taking me anywhere I don’t want to go,” Amber was heard in a recording between her and the driver that was released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2012. Tuccaro’s partial skeletal remains were found by horseback riders four days after the release of the recording on September 1, 2012, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson Mary Schlosser.

The remains of 28-year-old Edna Bernard, also a sex-worker, was found on September 23, 2002, strangled and burnt. She was last seen the previous day getting into a vehicle of her possible assailant.

The close proximity of the bodies and the fact that all of the women were sex workers have led the police to believe that a serial killer could be responsible for the killings.

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