An RCMP dog handler searches for clues at a rural acreage in Strathcona County after the discovery of a body Thursday. ((CBC))

Project Kare, the task force investigating the deaths of missing or slain women, has joined the investigation into the discovery of a woman's body in Strathcona County.

The medical examiner confirmed Friday the body was that of a 21-year-old woman from Edmonton, and that she was slain. However police did did not release the cause of death, or her name.
A resident found the body while out walking on his property near Range Road 220 and Township Road 534 on Thursday morning, RCMP said.

Police said the victim was known to them and led a high-risk lifestyle. But they stopped short of calling her a prostitute.

"How involved this victim was in the sex trade? We don't know. Do we think it's a great extent? No," said RCMP Cpl. Darren Anderson.

"This was a person who was not known to Project Kare, and everybody knows … the knowledge that they have and the expertise that they have," he added.

Project Kare, a joint team of investigators from the RCMP and city police forces, was set up to look into about 20 cases of women who have been found dead or reported missing, dating back to 1980.

Many of the women worked as prostitutes or were involved with drugs and other high-risk activities, and were found dumped in rural areas outside Edmonton.