Edmonton RCMP Investigators Make Arrest in Historical Homicide


Edmonton, Alberta – As a result of a lengthy and exhaustive homicide investigation, the “K” Division RCMP Historical Homicide Unit have arrested and charged an Airdrie resident with the 2006 murder of Ruth Degnadice DEGAYO.

MM00700 - Ruth_1On January 8, 2006, at approximately 7:00 p.m., members of the Canmore RCMP Detachment responded to a complaint of found human remains which were found burned in an abandoned building in a rural location near Highway 1A and 1X in the Hamlet of Exshaw near Canmore, Alberta.

Six weeks later, RCMP announced that through DNA testing, the human remains found were determined to be those of Ruth Degnadice DEGAYO, the 40-year-old woman of Airdrie, who had previously been reported missing on January 8, 2006.  Ruth had been reported missing by her common-law husband, Duane Arthur REDELBACK.

Today, RCMP investigators have arrested and charged Duane Arthur REDELBACK with 2nd Degree Murder and Indignity to a Human Body in relation to the homicide of Ruth Degayo.

Duane Arthur REDELBACK (47), remains in custody.

“The historic nature and complexities in investigating these types of files is very challenging and our investigators from the RCMP Historical Homicide Unit took on this file with a determination to solve it”, says Inspector Stacey Talbot, Officer in Charge of the Alberta RCMP Historical Homicides and Missing Persons Unit.  “The successes of this unit demonstrates there is no time limit for our investigators in finding out how and why someone was murdered, and to ensure that the responsible person is held accountable.”

A follow-up media release will be sent once the court date has been determined.