Two men have been arrested by RCMP in connection to the 2010 murders of Cranbrook residents Jeffrey Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane.
Former Cranbrook residents, 41 year old Colin Raymond Correia and 30 year old Sheldon Joseph Hunter were arrested by RCMP June 9th and June 10th, 2018 for the murders of Jeffrey Todd Taylor, 42, and Leanne Laura MacFarlane, 43.
Both known to police and in Alberta, RCMP said Correia was arrested in Edmonton on June 9th, 2018 while Hunter was arrested in Drumheller the following day. Correia and Hunter have both been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder in relation to the homicide investigation.
Back on May 29, 2010, RCMP responded to a shooting outside of Cranbrook at a rural residence where they found MacFarlane deceased at the scene while Taylor was found in critical condition but later passed away from his injuries.
"At the time of the incident, Cranbrook RCMP advised that early indications were that this appeared to be a targeted incident, but the victims may not have been the intended targets," said RCMP Southeast District in a release. "The RCMP’s Southeast District (SED) Major Crime Unit was called in and has been investigating the incident since its inception and have been actively moving the investigation forward since that time."
Dedicating full-time resources to the investigation, RCMP called their investigation Project E-Navaid and focused on finding those responsible for the murders, either directly or indirectly.
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Spanning eight years, RCMP said they were assisted by several law enforcement agencies both inside and outside of the RCMP and were able to make developments in the case. Police were eventually able to identify two suspects and provide comprehensive evidence to the B.C. Prosecution Service so they could move forward with criminal charges.
"The murders of Jeff and Leanne were tragic and their deaths impacted the lives of their family members," said Sgt. Jason Smart, Southeast District Major Crime Unit. "The core group of investigators dedicated to this file would like to thank those family members for their persistence, understanding, patience and courage throughout the last eight years."
Correia and Hunter are now being moved to Vancouver for their next date in B.C. Supreme Court on June 13, 2018.
- Bradley Jones / with files from BC RCMP Southeast District