Mysterious package killed Alberta mother
RCMP confirm an Innisfail woman was killed by a package left at her door
Police confirmed Saturday it was a package delivered to a young mother in Alberta that exploded and killed her.
As police continue to comb for evidence after the fatal explosion in an apartment building in Innisfail, it’s left the entire community baffled and in shock.
Vicky Shachtay, 23, was killed in the blast leaving behind her six-year-old daughter.
Shachtay was a quadriplegic who used a wheelchair following a car accident several years ago.
Friends describe her as funny and devoted to her church.
"Such a wonderful woman, good mother," said her pastor Dave Wiebe of the Innisfail Alliance Church.
When the explosion happened at around 9 a.m. Friday, Shachtay was home with her 30-year-old caregiver. That woman suffered minor injuries.
Explosives experts from Edmonton and Ottawa are now investigating. RCMP say a parcel delivered to the door that morning caused the explosion.
"The package just showed up at the house," said Sgt. Patrick Webb. "As for how it got there, if someone dropped it off, all aspects of delivery are being looked into."
Now police are warning all residents to be careful if they receive any suspicious, unexpected packages.
Innisfail Mayor Jim Romane said safety should be at the front of everyone’s minds now.
The explosion has left this tight-knit community of about 8,000 people on edge.
"That’s just crazy," said local resident Kyla Golem. "Especially in a small town like this you wouldn’t expect it."
No funeral arrangements have yet been announced for Shachtay. Her daughter is now with family.