Peace River RCMP engage RCMP Major Crimes Unit to investigate death – Update #3

January 31, 2020
Peace River, Alberta

News release

Following a lengthy investigation, RCMP Major Crimes arrested one man on Jan. 30, 2020, for the murder of Victorine "Jennifer" Donovan (37) of Peace River, Alta. Jennifer Donovan had been murdered on Oct. 8, 2019, in Peace River, Alta.

A male was charge with Second degree murder

Following a judicial hearing, he was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Peace River provincial court on Feb. 3, 2020.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be provided.

Background:

October 10, 2019

Peace River RCMP engage RCMP Major Crimes Unit to investigate death

An autopsy was completed on Oct. 9, 2019 in relation to the discovery of a deceased female in Peace River. The results of the autopsy deemed that the female's death was a homicide. RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken carriage of this investigation with the assistance of other support units.

On Oct. 8, the Peace River RCMP launched an investigation into a sudden death. The female was identified as a 37-year-old from Peace River. The scene of the incident was contained by the RCMP until 4 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2019 for the purposes of conducting an investigation.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious in the area of 98 Street and 77 Avenue, please contact the Peace River RCMP at 780-624-6677. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Background:

October 8, 2019

Peace River RCMP – police presence at sudden death investigation

The RCMP remain on scene at the investigation into the death of an adult female. RCMP responded, with EMS, at 1:50 a.m. to a report of an injured person, where it was determined that the female was deceased.

It is anticipated that the area of 77 Avenue between 98 Street and 99 Street will remain closed to the public until sometime tomorrow.

No further information will be provided as this investigation is in its preliminary stages. An update may be anticipated following the release of the scene tomorrow.

Background:

October 8, 2019

Peace River RCMP – police presence at north end of Peace River

The RCMP advise that there are numerous police resources currently on scene at an overnight incident near 98 Street and 77 Avenue. The RCMP have blocked off the immediate area for the purposes of conducting an investigation.

RCMP are requesting that residents avoid the area of 77 Avenue between 98 Street and 99 Street during their morning commute. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will not get through that area.

Public safety is not a concern.

Further information will be provided in relation to this investigation, when available.

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Contact information

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine
Media Relations Officer
Western Alberta District RCMP
After hours: 780-509-3970, option

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