Death of 78-year-old woman ruled a homicide

Lethbridge Police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2016 after a woman’s body was found inside a south side home Sunday.

An autopsy was completed late Monday afternoon at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary and the woman’s death has now been ruled a homicide. The deceased, identified as 78-year-old Irene Carter, of Lethbridge, died from stab wounds.

On January 17, 2016 just after 2 p.m. police responded to a 911 call at a home along the 300 block of Normandy Road South after family members, who couldn’t reach Carter, had attended to check on her well-being and located her body inside.

Investigation is ongoing to determine a timeline of Carter’s activities prior to her death and police have already conducted a neighbourhood canvass and interviewed numerous family members and acquaintances.

Police, including members of the Forensic Identification Unit, continue to process the crime scene and it’s anticipated officers will remain on scene until later today or tomorrow.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for any information leading to an arrest.

**A media availability will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**