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Fort McMurray man charged with second degree murder of Sherri Lynn Flett

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Wood Buffalo RCMP have charged a Fort McMurray man with second degree murder following the death of Sherry Lynn Flett. She was 43.

Flett, a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, was last seen on Jan. 12 in downtown Fort McMurray. She was reported missing on Jan. 16.

Bernadette Flett—Sherri’s mother—confirmed her daughter had been found dead in a brief Thursday afternoon Facebook post. Funeral arrangements are being made and the family is asking for privacy.

A few hours later, Wood Buffalo RCMP publicly confirmed her death and that an arrest had been made on Jan. 26. Police also confirmed that human remains found on Jan. 24 were Flett’s and said she had been found at a home in Grayling Terrace.

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“Sherri was a sister, aunt niece, cousin, a friend to many many people, but most important she was Paisley’s mom,” wrote Bernadette. ”Rest in Eternal Peace our dear girl. We love you.“

Timothy Andrew McDougall, 37, of Fort McMurray has been charged with second degree murder, indignity to human remains, unlawful confinement and additional firearms-related offences. McDougall remains in custody and is scheduled to make an appearance in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on Jan. 31.

The Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) organized a search party for Flett on Jan. 22 and 23. Close to 100 volunteers looked in downtown Fort McMurray, the boreal forest, ditches and alleys but sparked no new leads.

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ACFN asked people to check their yards, sheds, community parks and forested areas close to their homes. A robocall with information was made and flyers were hung in local apartments, restaurants, hotels, Peter Pond Mall and the casino. Many of those flyers were put up by Lori Cyprien, Flett’s cousin.

“I just want to bring her home. If it’s something to do with foul play and she is no longer with us and she’s in the spirit world, I just want to bring her body and put it to rest properly. So, we aren’t going to stop until I can do that,” Cyprien said in a Monday interview.

Flett is one of nine women, girls and two-spirit people who have been reported missing or murdered (MMIWG2S+) in the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo area since 2004.

Anyone with information about this incident or criminal activity in Wood Buffalo is asked to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous and can be sent to tipsubmit.com.

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