Mounties determine death of man in rural Saskatchewan was criminal

TURTLEFORD, Sask. — RCMP say a man found dead in a rural area in western Saskatchewan was the victim of a homicide.

Officers were called Wednesday to the discovery of a body in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte near St. Walburg.

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The man has been identified as Braeden Alfred James Sparvier.

Police have not said how the 26-year-old was killed.

An autopsy was to be performed on Friday.

Mounties say a two-kilometre stretch of road in the area remains blocked off as their investigation continues.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2020.

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