Accused murderer in court


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March 29, 2016 6:00 AM

A joint effort by RCMP officers from both Alberta and Saskatchewan led to the arrest of Gordon Alfred Rogers of Red Deer last Tuesday for the murders of Jeanette Chief and Violet Heathen.
Both murders happened in Lloydminster several years ago and Rogers, 59, was charged Wednesday with one count each of first degree murder.
Police made the connection between the two cases, which happened two years apart, after evidence from investigations between both provinces identified Rogers as a person of interest in each file.
Investigators from both Saskatchewan and Alberta worked together to make the arrest last Tuesday evening in Edmonton, Alta.
“Investigation has determined that Mr. Rogers had known Violet Heathen for a few years but that Jeanette Chief had not known him,” said RCMP in a press release that came out last Thursday.
Jeanette Chief went missing on June 2, 2007, a day after leaving her home in Onion Lake Cree Nation, and her body was later found by police on June 6,  just outside the Border City.
The death of the Chief, 48, was immediately considered a homicide.
Just two years later, on May 15, 2009, 49-year-old Violet Heathen went missing.
Her remains were found about six months later near Kitscoty, Alta. 
Rogers will make his first appearance in provincial court in Lloydminster, Alta. on Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

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