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Murder charge laid in connection to death of Fort St. John woman

Sarah Foord

A murder charge has now been laid in connection with the death of Sarah Foord of Fort St. John.

Foord, 38, was reported missing on July 10 by a family member.

On July 13 the BC RCMP North District Major Crime Unit was called in when investigators were unable to rule out foul play. The BC RCMP Major Crime Unit, Fort St John RCMP, Surrey RCMP, Forensic Identification/Forensic Search Units, Police Dog Section and other units from across the B.C. and Alberta worked collectively to try and locate Sarah Foord.

On July 24 the continuing investigation resulted in the recovery of human remains in a remote location approximately 75km north of Fort St John. In consultation with the BC Coroner Service, and Sarah’s family the remains were confirmed to be those of Sarah FOORD.

The investigative findings were provided to the BC Prosecution Service and on July 25 the BCPS approved one count of second degree murder against 35-year-old John Wendell Keyler for the murder of Sarah Foord. Keyler was arrested without incident in Fort St John on and will make an appearance on Tuesday, July 28.

“I want to acknowledge all of the police investigators, staff and analysts who worked day and night on this investigation to find Sarah and secure a charge for her death,” said Insp. Lorne Wood, North District Major Crime. “Also on behalf of the investigative team I want to thank Sarah’s family, members of the public and local businesses who came forward with information to assist with the investigation into the disappearance of Sarah. Our priority now is to prepare for court process.”

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