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Autopsy complete, suspect identified in northeast homicide

For Immediate Release: 15-Oct-2020 @ 10:20 PM
MRU #: H20R026-1

The Edmonton Medical Examiner has completed an autopsy on the male who was found dead in a residence yesterday morning.

It has been determined that Justin Wade Highet, 34, died from gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

Today, Oct. 15, 2020, a warrant for second degree murder was issued for the arrest of Aaron Myles Atchooay, 31, in connection to the death.

Atchooay is presumed to be in the Edmonton area, and police are seeking public assistance in locating him. He is believed to be armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.

Wanted for second degree murder: Aaron Myles Atchooay, 31

Anyone with information about Atchooay’s whereabouts is asked to contact 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.p3tips.com/250.

Background

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, Northeast Division patrol members located a deceased male alone inside a residence in the area of
172 Avenue and 47 Street. The death was determined to be suspicious, and homicide investigators took over the investigation.

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