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Arrest warrant issued for Valerie Maurice’s murder

For Immediate Release:05-Sep-2017 @ 9:45 PM
MRU #:H17R38-1

Edmonton Police Homicide detectives have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a male in relation to the murder of Valerie Maurice.

Gregory Christopher Tessman, 49, is arrestable for second degree murder.

Tessman is known to police.



Staff Sergeant Bill Clark speaks to media regarding this case on September 5, 2017

 

*Please note, the photos of Mr. Tessman have been removed as he has been located and arrested.

Homicide investigators believe Maurice attended a residence in the area of 144 Avenue and 88A Street on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 around midnight.

The Edmonton Police Service has been in contact with Montreal police however, they do not believe there is direct connection to the city and her death.

It is believed Maurice frequently travelled between Montreal and Edmonton.

Anyone with information about the accused’s whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Background

Northeast Division patrol officers responded to a “check on welfare” call on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at a residence in the area of 144 Avenue and 88 A Street. Upon arrival, a woman was found deceased inside a suite where she does not reside.

On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, the Edmonton Medical Examiner determined that Valerie Maurice, 29, from Montreal, died as a result of strangulation. The manner of death is homicide.

Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided to release the name of the deceased as it serves an investigative purpose.

This is Edmonton’s 34th homicide in 2017.

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Please contact Noreen Remtulla at (780) 421-3552 for more information.

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