Wed. May 27th, 2020

Alberta Mounties charge four with murder of Athabasca woman

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Mounties have charged four people with the first-degree murder of a 25-year-old Athabasca woman, whose remains were found more than a year ago.

In a Friday news release, RCMP announced charges related to the death of Nature Duperron, who was reported missing by family on April 15, 2019. Her body was later discovered outside of the town of Hinton, about 290 kilometres west of Edmonton, in early May 2019. An RCMP missing person investigation determined she was last seen in Edmonton at the start of April last year.

In January this year police executed a search warrant at a basement suite in the area of 109 Avenue and 97 Street.

The arrests in this case were spread out over a period of weeks, with the first happening on April 13 and the most recent on Friday.

As a result, Tyra Muskego, 21, of Onion Lake, Sask., Buddy Rae Underwood, 24, Grayson Eashappie, who was an inmate at the Drumheller Institution, and Kala Leigh Bajusz, 31, all face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Police said Bajusz was found Friday in the area of 107 Avenue and 96 Street and turned herself in. She is currently awaiting a bail hearing.

Muskego was released on bail on Wednesday on several conditions including house arrest, and has another scheduled court appearance in Edmonton on June 5.

Underwood and Eashappie remain in custody and have court dates scheduled next month. Underwood is scheduled to appear in court on June 5 and Eashappie on June 15.

— With files from Dylan Short and Dustin Cook

jlabine@postmedia.com

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