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Strathmore woman's suspicious death under investigation

The RCMP major crimes unit is on the scene of a fourplex in Strathmore investigating a suspected homicide, officials say.

Person of interest identified by authorities

RCMP cordoned off a fourplex in Strathmore early Tuesday morning. (Mike Spenrath/CBC)

RCMP investigators attended the scene of a suspected homicide at a fourplex in Strathmore, Alta., Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a 911 call from a woman shortly after 1 a.m. MT.

When officers arrived at the residence in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue she was found dead, according to police.

EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux said paramedics were asked by RCMP to attend around 1:30 a.m. MT but were then called down.

An RCMP K-9 team is helping with the investigation as police continue to look into a woman's suspicious death in Strathmore early Tuesday morning (Scott Dippel/CBC)

RCMP major crimes and identification sections worked through the night at the scene, officials said. RCMP have identified at least one person of interest but are not calling that person a suspect at this point.

Police say they do not believe the public is at risk.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Reilly says incidents like this are rare in Strathmore.

"I've been at this detachment for just over eight years, this is only the second," he said.

The house remains surrounded by police tape and a K-9 team was brought in to help with the investigation.

Neighbours say they didn't know the woman well but believed she may have just broken up with a man who used to live there.

"A man and a woman, they come and go, I've waved but they don't always wave back," said Ashley Reina. "I wouldn't say they're the happiest, friendliest people — but we all have our things."

Officials are not releasing the woman's identity until her family has been notified.

Strathmore is about 55 kilometres east of Calgary. 

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