Police investigating woman's death as apparent homicide

Members of the Lethbridge Police Service Criminal Investigation Section are investigating the death of a 56-year-old woman as a homicide.

On February 7, 2016 at approximately 5:15 p.m. police and EMS responded to a report of severely injured female in an apartment complex along the 100 block of Columbia Boulevard. Upon arrival, emergency responders located a 56-year-old female inside one of the apartments and a short time later she was pronounced dead.

Several people from the apartment were subsequently detained for questioning and a search of the area was conducted by the K9 Unit.

An autopsy will be scheduled in the coming days at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary to confirm the cause of death.

At this time the identity of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin.

The investigation is still in its early stages and police remain on scene, but at this time there is no evidence to suggest an ongoing risk to neighbours in the area or the general public.

Further, police are aware of community speculation that this incident is related to the homicide of 78-year-old Irene Carter in January; however LPS can advise the public there is no evidence the two are connected.

Investigation in the Carter homicide is also ongoing but police will not elaborate or provide any additional details at this time.

Further updates on Sunday’s homicide will only be provided as new information becomes available for release.

**Staff Sgt. Scott Woods will be available for media interviews today at the police station at 1:15 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**