Woman found frozen solid, neighbours say



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


A police forensics van is parked near the discovery of a frozen woman’s body while an officer examines the scene yesterday. Neighbours say they heard someone shouting in the same area the night before.


Detectives could be investigating the city’s first homicide of the year after a woman’s frozen body was discovered near a young family’s backyard yesterday morning.

Investigators say a neighbour discovered the woman lying next to the fence of his townhouse near 150 Ave. and 118 St. shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday morning. He immediately phoned police.

“The body has been lying there for some time, so it’s a bit frozen,” said Insp. Jamie Watski. “At this point we are investigating this as a suspicious death of a female. We don’t see any obvious signs of trauma.”

Mark Miniely, a 36-year-old car shredder who phoned in the grim discovery, says he was working a night shift when his pregnant wife heard loud yelling outside of their home where the body was found.

“She’s pretty upset right now — she feels guilty that she didn’t phone police about all of the yelling,” he said.

He didn’t notice the woman’s body lying near his backyard, he says, when he came home at 2 a.m. and entered through the front door, but he was called to the backyard after 9:30 a.m. when his wife discovered it.

“We tried shaking her to see if she was all right, but she was frozen solid,” he said, adding that a container of Vaseline and a silver bag were located near the body.

Police say no arrests have been made in relation to the death and an autopsy is expected to be scheduled later this week.


rude awakening

  • Miniely says his family moved into the home in December after leaving a troubled neighbourhood on 118 Ave. and Fort Road. “Over there, you would see needles and crack pipes on the ground, but to wake up and find something like this, that’s a shock,” he said.