RCMP have identified the woman found dead in her Strathmore home in southern Alberta Tuesday morning as 49-year-old Brenda Walker.

Brenda Walker

Brenda Walker has been identified as the woman who was killed in Strathmore, Alta. (Facebook)

Officers discovered her body at a residence in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue around 1 a.m. MT just minutes after she called 911 for help.

Strathmore resident Glenn Randall, 52, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Staff-Sgt. Kevin Reilly says the woman had ended a common-law relationship with Randall a few weeks ago but RCMP had no prior indication the victim may have feared for her safety.

"We've checked our records and there's no indication of any prior calls, domestic or otherwise, in regards to either person," he said.

Cause of death not yet released

The cause of her death has not been released.

Brenda Walker and Glenn Randall

RCMP say Brenda Walker and Glenn Randall were in a relationship that she ended late last year. (Facebook)

Karen Pease, the executive director of the Wheatland Shelter, would not comment on this case but calls it disturbing news.

"I've worked in the shelter for almost 22 years," she said. "So it's devastating when we hear this happens anywhere, but its especially concerning when it's our community."

Pease says while the shelter is always busy, staff can help people escape abusive relationships and stay safe.

Randall’s first court appearance is set for Jan. 20 in Strathmore.

Strathmore is about 55 kilometres east of Calgary. 

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Officers were responding to a 911 call from a Strathmore fourplex just after 1 a.m. MT on Tuesday morning when they found Brenda Walker dead. (Scott Dippel/CBC)