Alberta homicide suspect found dead in motel
RCMP searched for man after finding woman dead in her home Friday
Police have confirmed a man's body found in southern Alberta on Saturday is tied to an ongoing homicide investigation of a woman in Airdrie.
RCMP say the case now appears to have been a murder-suicide. The body of Andrea Conroy, a single mother in her 30s, was found in her Airdrie home on Friday afternoon.
Airdrie is roughly 30 minutes north of Calgary.
The owner of the Double D motel in Nanton, Alta., located south of Calgary, confirmed that a body was taken out of one of the rooms by RCMP on Saturday. Police also took tapes from the hotel's security cameras, the owner said.
RCMP say there was no sign of foul play. The deceased man was in his 40s and was known to Conroy, they added.
"It is believed that the male was in a relationship with the deceased female," said Sgt. Tim Taniguchi.
On Saturday, RCMP executed a search warrant on a Big Springs-area in Airdrie that neighbours said belonged to Rick Doucette, a local bodybuilder and personal trainer.
Friends and coworkers say Conroy was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Doucette. The two worked together as trainers at an Airdrie gym named Sculptures.
Young daughter now with family
"One of the better people I've ever met," John Mills, who had Conroy as a trainer for three years, said of the woman.
But Mills said Doucette's temper became too much to handle, so he left the gym.
"He was that sort of north-south personality," he said.
"Some days he was very nice to you, other days he could be quite aggressive and insulting. Towards the end, he became very aggressive towards me and I thought it was time to part ways."
Mills said he has a theory about Doucette's anger — steroids. Mills claims that he watched Doucette inject himself in the gym's washroom.
Mills said the whole situation is tragic, especially since Conroy leaves behind a young daughter.
"Very, very sorry to hear it," he said. "She was an extremely nice lady, a tremendous daughter, it was very upsetting to hear about it."
Conroy's seven-year-old daughter is now in the care of her grandparents.