Edmonton police seek information, release surveillance video related to homicide of 31-year-old woman

Edmonton police are looking to the public for information about a suspect vehicle involved in a homicide that left a 31-year-old woman dead earlier this month. They’re also looking to speak to anyone who knew the victim.

Kelsey Ouellette was shot and killed in the area of Jasper Avenue and 116 Street at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

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An autopsy ruled Ouellette died of multiple gunshot wounds and her death was ruled homicide.

Kelsey Ouellette, 31, was shot and killed in the area of Jasper Avenue and 116 Street on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Courtesy, Edmonton Police Service

On Wednesday morning, Edmonton police released surveillance video of a suspect vehicle, which police say is a white Toyota SUV. The vehicle was in the area around the time of Ouellette’s death, according to police.

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Police also released a picture of a burned-out 2016 white Toyota Highlander, which was found in the area of 259 Avenue and 18 Street at about 8:45 p.m. the night of the homicide.

A burned-out 2016 white Toyota Highlander was found in the area of 259 Avenue and 18 Street at about 8:45 p.m. the night of the homicide, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Courtesy, Edmonton Police Service

The Edmonton Police Service said the Highlander was stolen from northwest Calgary in August. A licence plate that was stolen from west Edmonton in early October was then put on the vehicle, according to police.

The stolen Alberta licence plate number CKP 5569 also got a photo radar ticket on Friday, Oct. 21 on westbound Yellowhead Trail at 107 Street, police said Wednesday.

Officers are investigating whether the burned-out vehicle is the suspect vehicle.

“We believe this Toyota Highlander was driven and would have been parked in the Edmonton area throughout the months of October and November,” said Det. Jared Buhler with the EPS homicide section.

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“If anyone recognizes this vehicle or remembers noticing a similar vehicle parked in an unusual or temporary place, we are asking them to please reach out to us.

“Likewise, if anyone recalls seeing an unusual vehicle in and around the burn site, that information could also be useful.”

The site where police say a burned-out 2016 white Toyota Highlander was found in the area of 259 Avenue and 18 Street at about 8:45 p.m. the night of the homicide, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Courtesy, Edmonton Police Service

Police are also hoping to speak to anyone who had contact with Ouellette since June of this year.

“The investigation has begun to establish a picture of Kelsey’s life, in particular the six-month period leading up to her murder, which was marked by a life-changing event,” Buhler said.

“Information obtained leads our investigators to believe that the circumstances around that event may relate to her murder. While we have spoken to many individuals known to Kelsey, we have particular interest in speaking to the people most familiar with this event, who have not been located. We urge these individuals to contact police immediately.”

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Anyone who has surveillance or dashcam video in the areas of Jasper Avenue and 116 Street or 259 Avenue and 18 Street on Nov. 5 is asked to immediately contact police. Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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