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Daughter of slain Lethbridge senior Irene Carter pleads for tips to help solve murder

The Lethbridge Police Service hopes a news conference with an emotional plea from Irene Carter's daughter will garner tips about why the 78-year-old senior was stabbed to death at her home in January.

Irene Carter, 78, was found stabbed in her Lethbridge home in January

Lisa Freihaut and her husband Dean at a news conference at Calgary Police headquarters. The family is appealing for help in solving the murder of her mother, Irene Carter, in January. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

The Lethbridge Police Service hopes a news conference with an emotional plea from Irene Carter's daughter will garner tips about why the 78-year-old senior was stabbed to death at her home in January.

Lisa Freihaut, who lives in Calgary, asked for help in solving the her mother's killing. 

"This is the first time I don't get to send my mom flowers or give her a card on Mother's Day," she said at a police news conference in Calgary on Thursday. "We miss you.

"We are reaching out to the public for help. If you have any information about what happened to my mom please contact the Lethbridge police services so they can put my mom to rest peacefully, and we can start to heal."

Police first responded to Carter's home in the 300 block of Normandy Road South shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 after family members who were unable to reach her on the phone went to the house and discovered her body.

Lethbridge police say they are running out of leads and so brought a public appeal to Calgary to generate any tips from the public.

Sgt. Ryan Stef of the Lethbridge police says the news conference was held in Calgary because it was easier for the family who live there.

He also says since Calgary is a large city, police are looking for "anybody that may be aware of a company, a business people that may have been in Lethbridge at that time." 

"They could potentially be witnesses for us," said Stef.

Stef says police have a lot of evidence and have interviewed a number of witnesses, but have no further leads.

He says they have not ruled out the stabbing might have been motivated by a robbery.

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