Woman in southern Alberta charged with manslaughter on travel partner

CALGARY –

A 26-year-old woman from Medicine Hat has been charged with first-degree murder and insulting human remains in connection with the discovery of a body outside Pincher Creek.

RCMP officials confirm that the remains of a woman were found and reported to police on the morning of November 19 at a rural location outside the city.

The deceased was identified as 34-year-old Megan Eekma after an autopsy performed days later by the office of the chief physician in Calgary.

Melissa Lynn Martens-Lagasse was considered a suspect, and on November 23, the Medicine Hat woman was arrested and charged.

Martens-Lagasse remained in custody prior to her appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court, scheduled for Thursday.

According to the RCMP, the accused and the victim traveled together from BC to Alberta at the time of Eekma’s death.

Investigators continue to search for dash cam footage of anyone traveling in the area at Highway 505 and Range Road 291A between the afternoon of November 18th and the morning of November 19th. Anyone with recordings from that time, or who witnessed suspicious activity in the area, is asked to call the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6000.

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