A 59-year-old man from Red Deer has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in two historical homicides.

Yesterday, investigators from Alberta (“K” Division) and Saskatchewan (“F” Division) RCMP charged 59-year-old Gordon Alfred Rogers of Red Deer, Alberta with two counts of first degree murder in relation to the deaths of Jeanette Jean Chief and Violet Marie Heathen.

Jeanette Chief’s body was discovered on June 6, 2007 in a river near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan by an individual who had ventured down to the water. An autopsy confirmed that her death was homicide.

Violet Heathen, 49-years-old, was last seen alive in Lloydminster on May 15, 2009. After not hearing from her for approximately two weeks, her family reported her missing to the Onion Lake RCMP Detachment. On November 7, 2009, her remains were located in a rural area near Kitscoty, Alberta by a hunter.  Positive identification on the remains was obtained in December, 2009.

The RCMP were able to identify a connection between the two cases after the evidence from extensive investigations conducted by the “K” Division Historical Homicide Unit and “F” Division Historical Case Unit identified Rogers as a person of interest in each file. The investigation determined that Rogers was known to Heathen but not to Chief.

Rogers is scheduled to make his first appearance in provincial court in Lloydminster, Alberta on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

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