Edmonton, Alberta – As previously reported, the RCMP recovered the human remains of Delores Brower on April 19, 2015 from a rural property near Leduc. Police were notified of the discovery by the landowner. Today, the RCMP announced that they now know that some of the human remains found that day belong to Corrie Renee Ottenbreit of Edmonton, who had been the subject of a missing persons investigation since July 2004.
Ottenbreit’s identity was confirmed through DNA analysis of a hair sample she voluntarily provided the Project KARE’s pro-active street team in December 13, 2003, for the sole purpose of assisting police in the event she went missing. The RCMP now considers Ottenbreit’s death to be a homicide and investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in determining what happened to her. The RCMP Historical Homicide Unit has assumed carriage of the investigation, in conjunction with KARE.
“This is a very difficult time for the Ottenbreit family and our thoughts are with them today,” said Inspector Stacey Talbot of the Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch. “Sadly, they now know where Corrie is and now we need the public’s help in finding out what happened to her. We hope that someone out there can help us.”
Corrie Renee Ottenbreit lived in Edmonton. She was last seen by a family member at 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2004, when she left her home with the stated intention of going to work. She is known to have worked in the sex-trade along 118 Ave. in northeast Edmonton. When last seen, Corrie was 27 years old, stood 5’5” (165 cm) tall and weighed 120 pounds (55 kg). Her naturally red hair was dyed blonde at the time. She may have been wearing a black leather jacket, black or blue jeans and black FILA brand running shoes. A photo of Corrie is included in this release.
Police ask anyone who may have may have information related to the disappearance or death of Corrie Ottenbreit, or who may have seen her after May 9, 2004, to please call 1-877-412-KARE FREE (5273) or the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers toll free, at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
NOTE: The Ottenbreit family has been notified. They have asked the RCMP to distribute a statement on their behalf (see below).
RCMP Time line: Corrie Renee OTTENBREIT Investigation
December 29, 2003– Corrie Renee Ottenbreit, who works in the sex-trade meets with the Project KARE pro-active street team in the area of 118 Ave. in Edmonton. She voluntarily provides canvassers with personal information in the understanding that it will be used for the sole purpose of assisting police in the event she goes missing. She also provides DNA sample via strand of hair.
April 21, 2004– Last recorded sighting of OTTENBREIT by Project KARE pro-active street team in early morning of 118 Ave and 84 St. Edmonton.
July 15, 2004 – Project KARE is contacted by another government agency trying to locate OTTENBREIT on a personal matter. Project KARE follows up on the request via a fan-out to policing and community partners which fails to locate her.
July 16 – December 2004 – Investigators determine that Ottenbreit left her home in central Edmonton at 10 p.m. on the evening of May 9, 2004 with the stated intention of going to work. A number of sightings in Edmonton and other Alberta locations are reported to police but upon further investigation, cannot be confirmed. Project KARE continues to work with police and community partners in efforts to locate Ottenbreit.
January 20, 2005– Project KARE holds media availability at “K” Division Headquarters in Edmonton for the purpose of enlisting the public’s help in the investigation.
April 14, 2005– Project KARE launches its website with reference to OTTENBREIT and request for public tips to assist investigators.
April 19, 2015 – A landowner finds human remains on a rural property near Leduc. A subsequent police search of the surrounding area results in the discovery of what appears to be other human remains. All remains found are sent to Medical Examiner for identification.
April 28, 2015 – RCMP announces that the human remains found near Leduc on April 19, 2015 are those of Delores Brower, who was last seen in Edmonton on in May 2004. Police do not disclose that other remains were found in general area due to ongoing efforts to determine their identity. RCMP confirms that Brower’s remains were found within a five mile radius of where the remains of Katie Sylvia Ballantyne were found in July 2003 and the remains of Amber Tuccaro were found in September 2012.
July 28, 2015 – RCMP announces that human remains found in the general area of those of Delores BROWER on April 19, 2015, belong to Corrie OTTENBREIT.
RCMP Time line: Human remains found within 5 mile radius in Leduc County
April 28, 2003– Katie Sylvia Ballantyne is last seen in Edmonton. Her remains were found near Leduc on July 7, 2003.
May 15, 2004 – Delores Brower is last seen in Edmonton. Her remains were found on a rural property near Leduc on April 19, 2015.
May 9, 2004 – Corrie Ottenbreit is last seen in Edmonton. Her remains are found on a rural property near Leduc on April 19, 2015.
August 18, 2010 – Amber Tuccaro is last seen in Leduc County. Her remains are found on a rural property near Leduc on September 1, 2012.
Statement from the family of Corrie Ottenbreit
Today, we are mourning the loss of our beloved Corrie. Since May 2004, we have struggled with her absence from our lives. Today, we struggle with the sad news that we will never see her again.
We trust that when people speak or write about Corrie’s life that they will honour her and what she meant to us. Corrie was a loving daughter, partner, sister and friend. Nothing can ever change that or the fond memories we have of our happy times together.
Our only hope now is that we will someday learn more about what lead to her disappearance and death. We ask anyone who has any information that could help the police to come forward.
We also ask that members of the media respect our privacy at this time, and use the picture of Corrie that was provided by the RCMP today in news coverage.