RCMP arrest person of interest in McCann case

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – A 38-year-old man wanted on a number of outstanding warrants was arrested without incident this morning at a rural residence outside Niton Junction. The Edmonton RCMP Emergency Response Team together with the Edmonton City Police Tactical Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Sheriff Support Team (FASST) arrested Travis Edward Vader early Monday morning.

Vader, in custody on the outstanding warrants, will be interviewed by RCMP regarding missing St. Albert couple, Lyle and Marie McCann, and the area Vader was arrested will become part of the ongoing investigation.

Vader, who has a history of drug use and a fairly lengthy rap sheet, was revealed Friday as a person of interest in the McCann case. Two hours later, the McCann’s missing Hyundai Tucson was located in the Carrot Creek area. RCMP have now completed their search of the area surrounding the abandoned SUV and the Forensic Identification Unit have also examined the vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, RCMP received more than 130 tips on the whereabouts of Vader and more than 170 tips on the McCanns and their vehicles. The couple were last seen on a St. Albert gas station’s surveillance video July 3. The couple’s motor home was discovered ablaze two days later near the Minnow Creek Camp Ground. The couple was reported missing July 10 when they failed to meet their daughter in Abbotsford, B.C.

RCMP are still looking to the public for assistance and want to hear from anyone who may have seen the light green 2006 Hyundai Tucson license plate number ZPK 289 between July 5 -16th. Anyone with information is asked to call Edson Detachment at 780-723-8800, St. Albert Detachment at 780-458-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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