Probe into tragedy continues

RCMP continue to investigate the cause of Logan Jesse Raymond whose body was found along Hwy. 2A.

“We have nothing new to report,” said RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb. “But we are in the process of calling the people who have contacted us and we’re trying to set up a timeline.”

About 300 people packed a local funeral home last week to pay their respects to Raymond.

At his funeral, held at Eventide Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, the teen was remembered as living a “colourful life”.

“This was a young man full of life from a very young age,” said Pastor Jane Mitchell. “He would always bring a smile to someone’s face and he had the utmost concern for family and friends.”

Mitchell explained Raymond’s love for hot wings and nachos, four-by-fouring and the trampoline.

“He also loved animals and he loved little kids,” she said. “Logan was also a mama’s boy.”

Mitchell told a story of when Raymond’s parents sent him to summer camp when he was young and counselors called his home to ask his parents to come and pick him up because he missed his mom.

“Logan will carry on in you and in all of your hearts,” said Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Raymond’s body was discovered at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, when Red Deer rural RCMP and EMS responded to a report of a person lying on the side of Hwy. 2A. Upon arrival police discovered Raymond dead on the side of the highway. Since then RCMP, with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s office, has been investigating the circumstances of the tragedy.

An autopsy concluded the 17-year-old was killed as a result of a severe injury to his head.

“Judging by the circumstances it appears there could have been a vehicle involved in some manner,” said Webb. “Whether he was clipped by a vehicle or whether he came off a vehicle he was on, we’re not sure at this time. Anything is possible.”

He added although preliminary findings into what caused Raymond’s death do not point to murder, it’s not being ruled out.

“It’s very much an odd situation – actually I wouldn’t say that, I would say it’s fairly unique,” said Webb. “With the information we have right now, it doesn’t appear to be a murder, but we aren’t ruling anything out either.”

His father, Kimbal Raymond, said Logan was walking home from Red Deer at the time of the incident.

“I spoke with him at about 11:30 (p.m.) and he was fine. He wasn’t intoxicated,” said Kimbal. “He was in Red Deer and he was walking back to Penhold when this happened. He was supposed to spend the night at his moms. He was trying to clear his head.”

RCMP are asking anyone with information about this incident to call 403-343-5500.

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