Red Deer woman murdered, RCMP look for suspect



A Red Deer woman was found on the side of a rural road near Olds earlier this month and the RCMP are on the hunt for her murderer.

Jenna Cartwright’s body was found in a ditch on May 3 by a passerby.

The 21-year-old was reported missing by a family member on April 12 and was last seen in Red Deer on March 29.

At 7 p.m. on May 3, the RCMP in Olds were advised about the discovery of a body in a rural location about 4 kms northeast of the town. The discovery had been made by a resident of the area who had been driving at the time. The body was seen lying adjacent to a roadway.

The scene was examined by the RCMP Forensic identification Section and the Calgary Major Crimes Unit was called in to assist in this investigation. The remains were removed to the Calgary Medical Examiner’s Officer who conducted an autopsy.

The results of the autopsy concluded that this death should be considered as a murder, but the actual cause of death is not being released.

As part of the investigational process the RCMP investigators would like to establish a time line of her activities and contacts, therefore the public is asked to contact the RCMP at 403-406-2300 if they have had any contact with her at any time, especially within the last few months. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.