Sundre, AB – Laura Coward, age 47, has been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of her daughter 9 year-old Amber Lucius whose body was found in a vehicle on a rural road near Sundre on September 2nd. Coward was found in the vicinity of the vehicle and arrested by the RCMP that day. She remains in custody. Until recently, Coward was a resident of the Millet area.
Coward was to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court via CCTV this morning at 9:30 to face one count of Break and Enter and Commit Theft and one count of Abduction in Contravention of a Custody Order. Instead, these charges were replaced and she appeared on the charge of First Degree Murder.
Anyone with information that may help police in this investigation is asked to call Sundre RCMP at 403-638-3675 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.