Medicine Hat Police say the murder of James Satre on October 11, may be linked to an extortion incident the previous day.
While investigating the homicide of James Satre, which was reported on October 11, 2017, the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Major Crimes Section (MCS) is working to determine if the homicide is connected to a separate serious investigation.
The second investigation, which was initiated on October 10, 2017, involves the extortion of a Medicine Hat resident, and investigators have not ruled out that the homicide victim was selected by the offender(s), in an attempt to further the extortion attempt.
While it has not yet been definitively confirmed that the two files are connected, the MHPS can confirm that Mr. Satre was not the subject of any investigation prior to his death and did not lead a high-risk lifestyle.
In an effort to protect the integrity of both ongoing investigations, it is imperative that the MHPS limit the information made public, however can confirm that during the evening of October 23, 2017 the MHPS received additional information that potentially linked the two investigations and raised concerned that there is threat to cause the death of unknown citizens.
Any threat to public safety is taken very seriously and as such all available resources are being applied to both investigations. The MHPS has also reached out to other police resources to assist with the investigations.
Anyone with information related to either investigation is asked to contact the MHPS MCS at 403-581-1050 or provide at tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The MHPS urges all citizens to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity to the police immediately by calling 9-1-1 and reminds residents of the importance of practicing basic personal security including; being aware of your surroundings, being cautious when in secluded places or when walking alone and applying general home security principles.
The MHPS will update the community as information becomes available. ~~ MHPS Press Release